Attorney Michael Avenatti said Tuesday that the FBI told him he was one of several intended targets of Cesar Sayoc Jr., who allegedly sent a series of mail bombs to prominent critics of President Trump.
“I was informed this afternoon by the FBI that I was targeted by Cesar Sayoc,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter. “I applaud the hard working men and women of the FBI for his arrest and their continuing investigation. At some point, Trump will be held accountable for his role in the events of the last few weeks.”
I was informed this afternoon by the FBI that I was targeted by Cesar Sayoc. I applaud the hard working men and women of the FBI for his arrest and their continuing investigation. At some point, Trump will be held accountable for his role in the events of the last few weeks.
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Avenatti’s tweet.
Avenatti represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle with Trump and hasexpressed interest in running for president. He has been a fierce critic of the president, evenattacking him over his response to the bomb threats.
Avenatti did not respond to questions from The Hill about whether a suspicious package was addressed to him or whether Sayoc Jr. intended to send one, or about what role he believes Trump played in the string of bomb threats.
Authorities arrested Sayoc Jr. last Friday in connection with explosive devices addressed to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Soros and the New York City offices of CNN, among others.
CBS News reported that Sayoc Jr. had a list of more than 100 others in his van when he was arrested. The list included politicians and media figures.
The series of bomb threats last week, coupled with the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history on Saturday, has led lawmakers and President Trump to call for unity and urge a cooling of political hostilities.
The president’s critics have pointed to his repeated attacks on Democrats and the media as inflammatory and a contributing factor in last week’s violence.
Trump has rejected calls to tone done his rhetoric, and has instead blamed the media for causing “great anger” in the country.