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    People keep saying that Trump is going to get people killed with his crazy talk. He already has.


    He Wasn’t Seeking to Kill a Mob Boss. He Was Trying to Help Trump, His Lawyer Says.




    In new court documents, the lawyer for Anthony Comello says he became obsessed by far-right QAnon conspiracy theories.
    Anthony Comello, 24, is charged with killing a Gambino crime family boss. Credit Credit Pool photo by Shira Stoll[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]

    As his pickup truck roared toward the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, Anthony Comello had no intention of killing a mob boss.

    He wanted only to arrest him, his lawyer said in new court documents.

    The details of what happened next are well known. Mr. Comello, 24, arrived at the home of Francesco (Franky Boy) Cali, a leader in the Gambino crime family, and lured him outside. The men spoke briefly. Then prosecutors say Mr. Comello pulled a gun from his car and shot Mr. Cali, leaving him to die in the street.

    Mr. Comello, an aimless young man who lived with his parents on Staten Island, was arrested three days later and charged with murder.

    But court documents filed on Friday offered a glimpse into the deeply troubled mind of Mr. Comello, who his defense lawyer says was so deluded by internet conspiracy theories that he was determined to conduct a citizen’s arrest of Mr. Cali and turn the Mafia leader over to the military.

    “He ardently believed that Francesco Cali, a boss in the Gambino crime family, was a prominent member of the deep state, and, accordingly, an appropriate target for a citizen’s arrest,” wrote Mr. Comello’s lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb.

    At times, the circumstances of Mr. Cali’s demise have seemed so outlandish that they appeared specially designed for these viral times. But a clearer picture is emerging of how the tale’s incongruous pieces — a mob boss, a drifter from Staten Island and a far-right conspiracy theory — may fit together.

    Mr. Cali’s murder was the highest-profile mob killing in decades, an event so significant that in the days between Mr. Cali’s death and Mr. Comello’s arrest, speculation surged that a new war was brewing among New York’s five Mafia families.

    The reality, according to his lawyer, appears to be even more bizarre: Mr. Comello had become convinced that Mr. Cali was part of the so-called deep state, a cabal of criminals that conspiracy theorists claim controls the United States government. Mr. Comello also believed he was a chosen vigilante of President Trump.

    “Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support,” Mr. Gottlieb wrote.

    That delusion will be part of a package of evidence that Mr. Gottlieb says he plans to submit to the court that prove Mr. Comello is not guilty by reason of mental defect. Mr. Gottlieb is seeking to have the court place Mr. Comello in psychiatric treatment, rather than prosecute him on murder charges. Mr. Comello is being held in protective custody as he awaits trial.

    Prosecutors in the Staten Island district attorney’s office declined to comment.

    Mr. Comello took handcuffs with him to Todt Hill on March 13, Mr. Gottlieb said, but his plan was foiled when Mr. Cali refused to submit to a citizen’s arrest. Instead, Mr. Gottlieb said, the Gambino leader reached toward his waistband. Fearing for his life, Mr. Comello shot Mr. Cali 10 times and fled, Mr. Gottlieb said.

    QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory that originated on internet message boards, played a key role in Mr. Comello’s descent into mental instability, his lawyer said. It claims, among other things, that America is controlled by a “deep state,” that prominent Democratic politicians are pedophiles and that John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a 1999 plane crash, is secretly alive and will run for president in 2020.

    At Mr. Comello’s first court appearance in March, he displayed symbols and phrases associated with QAnon scrawled on his hand in pen. He first discovered the conspiracy theory, Mr. Gottlieb said, in the weeks after Mr. Trump’s 2016 election.

    “Mr. Comello’s support for ‘QAnon’ went beyond mere participation in a radical political organization,” Mr. Gottlieb wrote. “It evolved into a delusional obsession.”

    Driven by that obsession, Mr. Gottlieb said, Mr. Comello began early this year to attempt citizen’s arrests of people he believed to be associated with the deep state. In February, Mr. Comello twice tried to conduct his own arrest of Mayor Bill de Blasio, including one instance in which he showed up at Gracie Mansion, the mayoral home in Manhattan.

    Not long after that incident, Mr. Comello sought the help of United States marshals at Federal District Court in Manhattan, and asked that they help him to arrest two California Democrats, Representatives Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff, both of whom he believed were in the vicinity. He was rebuffed.

    Both incidents were confirmed by law enforcement officials.

    He was also posting and sharing conspiracy theories online that are associated with the far-right, and was engaging with other QAnon believers on the internet, according to social media accounts linked to Mr. Comello from around the same time.

    Mr. Gottlieb identified one of Mr. Comello’s accounts, RealAmericasVoice_ on Instagram, in his filing. The page has dozens of memes and written screeds, some that are difficult to decipher, including several posted days before Mr. Cali’s death.

    One post accuses Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, of being a fascist. “Patriot sleeper cells are awake,” he wrote in another. Yet another refers to Bill and Hillary Clinton as “The Clinton Crime Family.”

    How Mr. Comello came to associate Mr. Cali or the Gambino crime family with such theories remains unclear. Typically, the conspiracy group targets Democratic political figures, not the Mafia.

    But Mr. Gottlieb said he believed Mr. Comello had encountered posts online that suggested Mafia figures like Mr. Cali were also connected to the deep state.

    Mr. Gottlieb said on Saturday that he was sifting through “thousands and thousands” of messages, posts and forums that he said Mr. Comello might have engaged with.

    The defense lawyer is also asking a judge to order prosecutors to provide details about anything found in Mr. Cali’s home or car when they were searched after the shooting, including whether any weapons were found on or near Mr. Cali’s body.

    Ali Watkins is a reporter on the Metro Desk, covering courts and social services.

    Previously, she covered national security in Washington for The Times, BuzzFeed and McClatchy Newspapers. @AliWatkins


    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/n...rank-cali.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Fawlty View Post
    And mine was, too!
    He was arrested 3 times & gave 3 different versions of his name (he spoke 3 languages) then left to become a refugee. He never returned to his home or home country even to visit. I feel very sad for him about that. He finally accepted that he could never “go home” and died a few years later.
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    .@realDonaldTrump has not installed a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the US-Mexico border in since Trump took office.

    The focus thus far has been on replacing old sections of wall instead.
    https://t.co/IPvjuTEjgj

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    Warren Beatty: actor, director, writer, producer.

    ***** celeb

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    Fool.



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    Dr. Dena Grayson@DrDenaGrayson


    A$AP’s prison time got extended *after* @realDonaldTrump’s call to #Sweden.


    Sweden wants to keep A$AP Rocky detained for extra week

    By Eileen Reslen

    July 19, 2019 | 5:02am

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    ASAP Rocky is not a free man — yet.

    The Stockholm District Court has granted the prosecutor’s request to extend the 30-year-old “F—ckin’ Problems” rapper’s jail time at the Kronoberg Detention Center in Stockholm because of the “flight risk,” Page Six has learned. He has until 11 a.m. local time July 25 to indict Rocky.

    “We have worked intensively with the investigation and need more time, until Thursday next week in order to complete the preliminary investigation,” Senior Public Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a press release Friday.

    The Swedish Prosecution Authority said the time extension also applies to Rocky’s two other friends, who are also under investigation for assault following a June 30
    street fight in the country.

    We’re told the local men involved in the incident are still imprisoned and the time extension applies to them, too.

    Rocky’s alleged attackers, whose identity has not been revealed, were previously under investigation
    for molestation and assault, but the Swedish Prosecution Authority clarified in an exclusive statement to Page Six on Friday that those charges have since changed.

    “The present suspicion of crimes are now abuse, assault and attempted assault,” a spokesperson said. “The attempted assault is a new suspicion of crime.” The rep clarified that “abuse” in this case pertains to harassment.

    In the press release, the Swedish Prosecution Authority pointed out that Suneson was recently put in charge of the investigation “due to the summer holidays period,” which may have been the reason for the delays in the proceedings.

    Although Rocky will be detained for at least six more days, prosecutors said decisions in this matter will take place “no later” than July 25. However, hearings for this case have not yet been scheduled, according to the District Court.

    Rocky’s Swedish attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

    The rapper began his initial
    two-week sentence on July 5. His manager, John Ehmann, launched a Change.org petition to help release Rocky earlier due to alleged “inhumane conditions” at the Swedish prison where he is being held.

    However, the governor of the Kronoberg Detention Center denied the allegations and
    told us exclusively that the facility had undergone “a large reconstruction” and that the prison was in “good conditions.”

    Meanwhile, in the US, celebrities spoke out in support of Rocky.
    Page Six confirmed that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were “very concerned” for the rapper and lobbied the White House in hopes that President Trump would help win an earlier release.

    https://pagesix.com/2019/07/19/swede...or-extra-week/

    This is what his cell looks like....wait....I don't care about this guy at all.



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    Trump this weekend.....trying to kiss a woman at a wedding reception.


    https://twitter.com/kim/status/1153295888686522368?s=20



    Trump made a surprise appearance at a wedding reception at his New Jersey golf club. The crowd chanted, 'USA! USA!'


    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/21/us/tr...rnd/index.html




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    Mr. Comello, an aimless young man who lived with his parents on Staten Island, was arrested three days later and charged with murder.

    What description would they have used if he was black?
    It would not have been as innocent as 'aimless', I know that for sure

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    From Daniel Dale on Twitter.....


    Here's the president's quote just now on how he could win the war in Afghanistan by wiping out Afghanistan and killing 10 million people but does not want to do that.

    Trump, on Puerto Rico, keeps saying things like, "The Congress of the United States handed them $92 billion." That is not true. $90+ billion is a rough estimate of long-term costs. $42.5 billion has been allocated so far. FEMA has the numbers online. (link: https://recovery.fema.gov/state-profiles) recovery.fema.gov/state-profiles




    Trump on Puerto Rico: "I have a real understanding of Puerto Rico. I've had jobs in Puerto Rico. I had I think the most successful - I owned the Miss Universe contest, pageants, and we had them in Puerto Rico, twice, and I'll tell you, we had tremendous successes."

    Trump continued: "In fact, they said literally 100%, this never happens, I think it was close to 100, but 100% of the island itself was watching. They liked those pageants. I've had a great relationship with Puerto Rico. I'm the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico."



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    Sure, let’s wipe each other off the face of the earth. That will go over well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostroop View Post
    Mr. Comello, an aimless young man who lived with his parents on Staten Island, was arrested three days later and charged with murder.

    What description would they have used if he was black?
    It would not have been as innocent as 'aimless', I know that for sure
    According to the Associated Press Style Guide, using "aimless young man" and "Staten Island" in the same sentence is considered redundant.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShimmeringGlow View Post
    At his next press conference, reporters should ask him, "Can you describe your plans where you wipe Afghanistan off the map? Is this a full nuclear assault? Do you plan to be the first world leader in 70 years to use an atomic bomb in a conflict?"

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    The scary thing is, he actually likely does want to do that. He'd LOVE to be able to go back to his base and claim to be a winner. I'm pretty sure he's being held back on starting a nuclear war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    According to the Associated Press Style Guide, using "aimless young man" and "Staten Island" in the same sentence is considered redundant.
    Can confirm.


    Speaking of Staten Island meatheads, this guy is running for office:
    https://twitter.com/JoeySalads
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    If I wanted the government in my womb I'd fuck a Senator

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    JUST IN: India contradicts Trump, says government never asked him to mediate Kashmir dispute http://hill.cm/Cuj4Kvi


    Too bad. I'm sure he could have sorted the whole Kashmir thing right out.



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    If I wanted the government in my womb I'd fuck a Senator

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    I have finally figured out a resolution to this whole Kashmir dispute: India
    gets publishing rights and Pakistan gets all royalties from radio and streaming
    services. Thank you, Mr. President! You're welcome, Alternate Personality generated
    by a constant need for validation and flattery!

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