Suspect charged for pipe bomb mailings says Trump rallies became like a 'drug' for him

Suspect charged for pipe bomb mailings says Trump rallies became like a 'drug' for him
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Cesar Sayoc Jr., who pleaded guilty to charges related to mailing explosive devices to prominent Democrats, said this week that attending President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE's rallies became like a "drug" for him before his arrest.

He made the comment in a letter to a federal judge, writing that the rallies "became like a new found drug," and thanking Trump for saving his life after he says he almost took his own life.

Sayoc also wrote in the letter that "politics is dirty, ruthless, deadly" and "sucks you in radical on both the right and left."

The letter, which details Sayoc's mental state and alleged use of steroids for over 40 years, has been posted in his case file. His lawyers plan to cite the details at his August sentencing hearing.

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He is accused of sending pipe bombs in the mail to Democrats who have been critical of Trump, including Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Biden criticizes treatment of Haitians as 'embarrassment' The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio MORE (D-Calif.), former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE as well as several other elected Democrats, former administration officials, celebrities and news organizations. None of the devices exploded, and no one was hurt. 

Sayoc, who was arrested in Florida last October, was charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communication, and assaulting federal officers. If convicted, Sayoc would face up to 48 years in prison.

He was previously arrested for theft, fraud, drug possession and making bomb threats in alleged incidents dating back to the 1990s.