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Florida man in custody for pipe bomb mailings

The Justice Department says a person has been taken into custody in connection with a series of package bombs sent to prominent Democrats.

President Donald Trump is confirming that a suspect in the mail bomb scare is in custody and says he will be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law."

Trump, in his first remarks since Cesar Sayoc, 56, was apprehended in Florida, declared that "we must never allow political violence take root in America."

More than 10 mail bombs have been sent in recent days to political opponents of the president.

Trump declared that "these terrorizing acts are despicable" and said Americans "must unify."

But his remarks came just hours after Trump tweeted a complaint that the media's focus on bombs was distracting from Republican efforts in the upcoming midterm elections.

He also put the word "bomb" in quotes, a seeming nod to those who believed the scare was a hoax.

The development came amid a coast-to-coast manhunt for the person responsible for a series of explosive devices addressed to Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Spokeswoman Sarah Flores says a news conference is scheduled for later Friday.

The FBI said Friday that a package addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, was intercepted in Florida. Another was discovered at a Manhattan postal facility and was addressed to former national intelligence director James Clapper at CNN's address.

The targets have all been high-profile critics of President Donald Trump.


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