A second package resembling those allegedly sent by ‘MAGAbomber’ Cesar Sayoc that was addressed to Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer was recovered Thursday.
The item, which the FBI described Friday as being ‘similar in appearance to the others,’ is the latest parcel recovered after more than a dozen others were mailed to prominent Democrats and CNN’s offices.
The package was rendered safe by bomb technicians, the FBI told CNN.
The FBI recovered a second package that was addressed to Democratic Billionaire Tom Steyer (left) and similar to ones allegedly sent by ‘MAGAbomber’ Cesar Sayoc (right) last week
The FBI confirmed that it recovered the latest package in California on Friday evening
A spokesperson for Steyer confirmed to Fox News that the United States Postal Service (USPS) ‘intercepted a suspicious package addressed to Tom’.
‘He and all of our staff are safe and thankful to law enforcement and the USPS for their diligence,’ the spokesperson said.
The packages discovered last week at the Time Warner Center contained ‘a live explosive device’. It is understood that the latest package discovered was also a pipe bomb.
The California facility where Thursday’s package was discovered is the same as the one from last week and the only packages found at this location were both addressed to Steyer.
A mail bomb was allegedly sent by Sayoc to Steyer last week and he subsequently called for Donald Trump to be ‘impeached’ for acts of lawlessness and attacks on democracy.
On Friday, Steyer thanked law enforcement and the US Postal Service for their support in a statement Friday, stressing that his organization would not be intimidated by the packages.
The package sent to Tom Steyer was similar to packages sent last week to prominent Democrats and CNN offices in New York and Atlanta (pictured)
Tom Steyer called for Donald Trump to be impeached to end a ‘culture of lawlessness and attacks on our democracy’ after the first suspicious package was sent to him last week
‘These threats are not isolated but are a part of a larger assault on the norms that uphold our democracy,’ Steyer said in the statement.
‘We will not relent as we push for the broadest possible democracy and a life of dignity and respect for every American.
‘We are more motivated than ever this Election Day to secure victories for representatives who will uphold the values of democracy rather than assault them for political convenience’.
Sayoc is accused in New York of sending 15 improvised explosive devices to numerous Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets.
Steyer (pictured) has financed a high-profile campaign for the President’s impeachment.
Police and bomb squad agents confer outside of a postal facility in California next week
He was arrested a week ago outside a south Florida car parts store in a white van in which he had been living, which was covered with stickers of Mr Trump and images of some of the president’s opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.
No bombs exploded and no one was injured, but Sayoc faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges that were filed in New York because some of the devices were recovered there.
Other evidence includes online searches Sayoc did on his laptop and mobile phone for addresses and photos of some of his intended targets, which included former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, former vice president Joe Biden, California senator Kamala Harris and New Jersey senator Cory Booker.
Packages were also mailed to CNN in New York and Atlanta.
Sayoc is depicted in courtroom sketch this week. No cameras have been allowed in the courtroom when he has appeared
Cesar Sayoc is seen driving the van in which he was residing in Boca Raton on October 18
Steyer, a billionaire philanthropist who has increased his political spending in the wake of Trump’s election, has financed a high-profile campaign for the President’s impeachment.
Steyer has used a series of national ad campaigns and town halls through his ‘Need to Impeach’ organization to push his message. He had also pledged to spend up to $120 million in the 2018 midterms.
Steyer responded to the first suspicious package by calling for Trump’s impeachment, his long-standing rallying cry, to counter ‘a systematic attack on our democracy’.
‘We’re thankful that everyone we work with is safe,’ he tweeted last Friday after the first bomb was discovered.
Donald Trump accused Tom Steyer of being ‘whacky’ after he called for his impeachment
‘We are seeing a systematic attack on our democracy that extends much further than just one isolated terrorist in Florida. That’s why we are running an impeachment petition to end the culture of lawlessness in our country’.
Steyer claimed on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront that he does not ‘think there’s any direct link’ between Trump and the bombs.
However he added that the President’s rhetoric ‘incites people’s most emotional and violent feelings’.
‘What Mr. Trump has done is create an atmosphere that condones violence, that actually incites people’s most emotional and violent feelings and creates an atmosphere where people feel free to live out, that kind of behavior and those kinds of feelings,’ he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.