The 'MAGA bomber' who sent pipe bombs to CNN and Democratic leaders said he never meant for them to explode

Broward County Sheriff’s Office/Getty ImagesIn this undated handout provided by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Cesar Sayoc poses for a mugshot photo in Miami, Florida. Mr. Sayoc was arrested today on allegations that he was the person that mailed pipe bomb devices that targeted critics of President Donald Trump and have been recovered in New York, Washington D.C., California and South Florida, all with the return address of Debbie Wassermann-Schultz’s office.
  • Cesar Sayoc Jr., 57, told the judge overseeing his case that his only intention in sending the bombs was to “intimidate and scare.”
  • The letter was filed less than two weeks after Sayoc pleaded guilty to sending the pipe bombs in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections.
  • The bombs were sent to 16 targets, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, and the CNN offices in New York and Atlanta.
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The Florida man who is accused of sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump told the judge overseeing his case that he never intended for any of the explosives to go off.

Cesar Sayoc Jr., 57, wrote a letter filed in Manhattan Federal Court Tuesday, less than two weeks after pleading guilty to sending the pipe bombs as part of an attack that caused no injuries but spread a fear of political violence across the US in 2018.

“The intention was only to intimidate and scare,” Sayoc said in the two-page letter, seen by INSIDER. “What started out as hoax, decoys, devices were not ever meant to work or could have worked, hurt or harm anyone.”

He said in the letter that he is “forever sincerely in remorse and extremely sorry” for what happened.


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Sayoc was accused of sending bombs to 16 targets in the weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, and the CNN offices in New York and Atlanta. None of the bombs detonated.

He was arrested in late October after he was found living in a van covered in Trump stickers. His family’s attorney at the time said Sayoc, a former body builder, had found “a father figure” in Trump, according to the New York Daily News.

Sayoc faces up to life prison at his sentencing on September 12. He was charged with 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill.

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