tv Justice Dept. Briefing on Arrest of Mail Bombs Suspect CSPAN October 26, 2018 2:49pm-3:14pm EDT
host: we will go to jason in new york. independent. caller: thank you for being here and presenting your organization and what they do. we appreciate that. what is your opinion of the responsibility that reporting agencies, and those who broadcast over large listener areas, have to telling the truth and reporting actual news as opposed to their opinion and swaying the public views just by -- mamma thank you all for being here. over this past week over a dozen suspicious packages have been sent through the united states postal service to a media actor, a hollywood
, and at least seven high-ranking former and current political leaders in the democratic party. this is utterly unacceptable. political violence or the threat threat toe -- it is a that respect for law and process that allows our people to accept legislation, elect court rulings . this is the central feature of our level of government. you advocate for you -- for our beliefs. ap sibley unlawfully comply with the results. -- we peacefully unlawfully comply with the results -- peacefully and unlawfully comply with the results. swiftly andved professionally, using extraordinary technical expertise to apprehend the one
alleged responsible. this is a demonstration of the skill, capability, and determination of the american law enforcement, the best in the world. police to participate in this announcement that a suspect is in the custody of the fbi. everyone thatnd the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. today with charged five federal crimes, including interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening communications, and involving current and former federal officers. these charges may change or expand as the investigation proceeds.
this is an honor administration. we will not tolerate such lawlessness, especially not political violence. director thank the fbi and his team, all of our lawn portman -- law enforcement officers here. jefferson police and the new york city police department. and the united states attorney and u.s. attorney for the southern district of alabama. federal state and local law enforcement officers from across this country responded immediately to the call and contributed to this effort. we are proud of each one of them. i want to reiterate the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. let this be a lesson to anyone.
we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts intimidation,, and outright violence. will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. noun director ray, who has done an incredible job -- now director ray, who has done an incredible job leading this the past few days, will give some details. >> as the attorney general has anfirmed, we have arrested man in connection with this investigation. as our investigation is still ongoing, i may not be able to answer questions about his background or his motive. is ai can say is this nationwide investigation of enormous scope. our investigation ranged from
new york to delaware, to maryland, to the district of columbia, the florida and california. the fbi responded with every resource we've got. including our joint terrorism task forces, our counterterrorism division, and world-renowned experts in our fbi lab. i can't underscore this enough, we did not act alone. as you can see from agencies and department represented a p today. a thread of this scope and this magnitude requires all of us working shoulder to shoulder. is a testament to the strength of our partnerships, we can do when we work together. i want to acknowledge the many transporting to
quantico. this is dangerous and highly skilled spectral test skilled special work. we are grateful to all of those who have helped us in that effort. we can confirm 13 i.e.d.'s were sent to individuals across the country. each device consisted of six , a small pvc pipe clock, a battery, some wiring, and what is known as energetic material, which is potential explosive material that give off heat and energy through a reaction to heat, shock, or friction. --ugh we are still ended devices, --ing the i want to focus on the amazing folks at the fbi lab.
cover that uncover a latent fingerprint was sent back to congresswoman maxine waters. we have confirmed this fingerprint is that of cesar sayoc. there is also a possible dna connection between samples collected from pieces of two different i.e.d.'s mailed in separate envelopes, and previously collected in connection with an earlier arrest. this is phenomenal work with the greatest pressure under an incredibly tight timeframe. we see unbelievable work like this. to see it up close in reality is something to behold. proud of our work and keeping people safe and hoping to find the individual responsible. we also turned to our partners
in the florida department of law oforcement for confirmation this dna connection. we want to thank them for their quick work. i also want to thank the men and women of the fbi's counterterrorism division, who remain on high alert to try to keep the american people safe from harm. today's arrest doesn't mean we are all out of the woods. we need to help of everyone out there. information, any please call us on our tip line @fbi.gov.ail line, tips
the one that be leads to something important. if you see something spit that something suspicious, -- something suspicious, please call your local authorities. partners,thank our too many to name from across the country because we cannot do this work alone. everyone up here understands that and we take that to heart work ofdo the hard protecting 325 million americans. i will turn the podium over to commissioner o'neill. >> thanks, good afternoon everyone. all the people in new york city, i want to commend and think our local state and law enforcement effort, in this
including the attorney general's office and the u.s. attorney's office. detectives along with fbi agents, new york state police and many others, they are one team on our joint terrorism task force. it's been in business since 1980. they're a 300 investigators from 56 agencies, 113 of them are new york city cops. nypd doesn't do anything without the fbi. the fbi doesn't do anything without the nypd. in my 36 years of policing, our relationship has never been stronger. new york city cops worked side-by-side with agents. they brought justice as they always do. the experience of our agencies coupled with expertise, the
members of the bomb squad, our highly trained emergency service unit, counterterrorism bureau, patrol crops i cannot be more proud of them. we said from the outset he would identify and arrest the person or people responsible. we can make that promise because of the confidence we have and our ability to investigate and deliver it in a precise manner. today's arrest means new yorkers and people across the nation are safe, but there might be more packages out there, so everyone needs to take caution. if you see something, call 911, and in new york city, we have 88-ther number, 1-8 new yorkers do not back down.
we have been through things like this before and much worse. i am never surprised by the resiliency our city displays. thank you also to the media for broadcasting the photos the nypd released because it helped identifyround our city additional packages and move forward with the investigation. thank you. berman: good afternoon. five days ago, law enforcement recovered the first device from a residence of george soros. over the last five days as more packages were found and delivered to former presidents, federal officials, and public figures from our law enforcement community, federal, state, and local, has worked day and night together with prosecutors to identify an aperture and -- ever and the perpetrator, that has now happened.
today my office has filed a complaint against cesar sayoc, charging him with multiple federal crimes. he is charged in five counts that include illegally mailing and interstate transportation of explosives and threatening a unitedpresident of the states. president barack obama former secretary of state, hillary clinton, former vice president joe biden, former attorney general eric holder, maxine johns, cory booker, brennan, and former director of national intelligence james clapper. the defendant's conduct as charged, cowardly and romance of them, totally anathema to our the defendant now
faces a potential total of 50 years in prison. this is an ongoing and active investigation. we will not rest until these crimes are fully investigated and the defendant or defendants are brought to justice. i want to thank our partners, the joint terrorism task force, the fbi, nypd, u.s. was on inspection service, new york state police, atf, hard-working career prosecutors and investigators and the terrorism of the southern district of new york, and i would like to thank the cooperation we received from the southern district of florida. thank you. >> good afternoon. i am the deputy chief of the united states postal inspection service. like me and my college, i went like to thank all of our federal partners who participated in this investigation, fbi, atf, secret service, new york police
department, and the agencies that provide viable assistance. this is the way law enforcement is of a summer -- is supposed to work. it was a collaborative effort that was coordinated. theuld like to recognize postal employees who we think of as eyes and ears. we appreciate the diligence and awareness. was a postal employee this morning that alerted us one of these parcels. we in the service have a great deal of expertise in responding and investigating suspicious mail. inspectors are trained to respond and investigation areas -- dangerous mail. these investigators are highly proficient. none of the devices detonated and there was no injuries. postal inspectors will remain diligent and monitor facilities to determine whether there are
additional mailings that have not been discovered. we will work with law enforcement partners to enjoy the safety of the mail, our postal employees, customers, and the american public. good afternoon. secret service director. just as the other speakers have emphasize, i want to comment on the importance of cooperation. we were in the forefront of this, receiving early packages on tuesday and wednesday, and fully engaged the joint terrorism task force and other partners. i want to acknowledge the great work done by the fbi, atf, postal inspectors, the new york and capitol police, and the different states involved. also the district of columbia. i want to emphasize how seriously the service takes these threats, how important it is to provide protection to our
protectees, including current and former presidents, and those who investigate not only cybercrime, but provide protection to our protectees. i would also remark that since tuesday along with director wray, this has been our number one focus of the agency, to find the perpetrator and to bring them to justice. thank you. >> and now a few questions. >> can you tell us along the lines of how fast this move. when did you isolate the thing apart? >> each of the devices was being brought to what called total containment vehicles to our lab, and they were coming -- and we received some of them. the first two were the devices that were sent to former president obama and the d.c.
package that listen to congresswoman waters. the announcement began on that yesterday. we started receiving information over the course of the last 24, 36 hours. >> what time yesterday? >> a question for director wray and attorney general sessions. can you describe your reaction when you got word that there was a latent fingerprint that might be traced to suspect, and can you give us a sense of why the devices may not have exploded. >> the second part of the question? director wray: on the first part, my reaction that we had a --sible match policy validated my fate in law enforcement in particular the fbi lab. there is a reason why they are known as one of the best in the world and the folks there are extraordinary. once i knew they had a print, i have pretty confident we would be able to find the right person.
as far as the devices themselves, it is important to say, as in the complaint, that even if the devices -- and we're still trying to determine whether or not they were function, as they say, so we are doing all kinds of an analysis to make a determination -- they did contain energetic material which, if subjected to the right combination of heat or shock or friction, could be dangerous to the public, and the public should treat any device like that as important. >> attorney general sessions, could you tell us plainly why was he targeting democrats? attorney general sessions: i do not know. other than what you might normally expect. butppears to be a partisan, that would be determined by the facts as the case goes forward, and i am not able to comment on it. attorney general sessions: is he cooperating? director wray: we're not going
to be commenting on where the investigation stance at this time. >> and the rhetoric in the political arena, what might that have plagued this, and the has given you more work? director wray: we're focused on -- not on thehe tall, on the work. it is something that should make every american product and earlyul, and it is too to be discussing the nation. >> are you concerned that this nasty political rhetoric might be-- director wray: we are concerned about people committing acts of violence under any motivation. >> director, do you believe he is the only one involved in this campaign, and you continue to make reference to other devices that might be out there. do you have any sense of how many that are still in the stream? said, andray: as i
the attorney general said, this is very much an active and ongoing investigation. we believe we have caught the right guy. this is an know that ongoing investigation and there is a lot of work still to be done, which means there is still plenty of unanswered questions. >> last question. >> when did you first brief president trump on having a suspect, and what was his reaction? director wray: i'm not going to get into the discussion. i received a nice congratulatory phone call before heading over here, and so i think he like every american is and should be proud of the unbelievable work that was done not just by the fbi, but by all of our law enforcement partners across multiple states. i think commissioner o'neill to the wasaid it well.
in partnerships that exist this country arts are nearing, or better than it ever has been, and exactly what the doctor has ordered. >> thank you so much. >> [indiscernible] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> debriefing wrapping up at the justice department. we will let you know more later today. president obama on the campaign trail. he is in wisconsin this afternoon campaigning for tammy democratic also a governor candidates. we will have that rally at 3:45 eastern on the span. -- c-span. >> with midterms elections just
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