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White S.C. Man Tried to Hire Hitman to Hang Black Neighbor, Burn Cross in Yard

Brandon Cory Lecroy

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A white South Carolina man wanted to hire someone to kill and hang his black neighbor and then place a “flaming cross” in his yard.

Little did he know, the man he tried to hire turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, according tot he U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Slate reports that Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, was  charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and use of interstate commerce facilities int he commission of murder-for-hire.

Police said the Greenwood County man found the undercover agent through a white supremacist group and offered $500 for the murder.

Lecroy told the agent he wanted “hang his neighbor from a tree” and have a “burning cross” staked in the front yard. Authorities said Lecroy even advised the agent of the best time to murder his neighbor and offered money for future murders.

Lecroy, who was arrested after he provided a $100 down payment to murder his neighbor, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Interior Department Dispatching Officers to Help Secure Border with Mexico

Border marker, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Interior Department is dispatching officers to help secure the border with Mexico.

Officers from the U.S. Park Police Planning Unit (USPP) and the National Park Service will help Homeland Security along the southwest border beginning May 13 as part of “Secretary [Ryan] Zinke’s offer of assistance to the Department of Homeland Security,” according to an internal email obtained by The Hill

The assignment is a dramatic departure from what USPP officers are traditionally tasked with doing – policing NPS property in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco.

According to the email, officers will spend about three weeks stationed at two national parks and monument sites along the border – Amsted National Recreation Area in Texas and the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.

Dispatching officers from the federal agencies is “the first of many steps Interior will take to secure the homeland.”

President Trump and I are 100 percent committed to keeping our border communities and the American people safe and secure, which is why I’m deploying some of Interior’s law enforcement officers to increase security on the southern border,” Zinke told the Hill in a statement. “Interior is ready, willing, and able to deploy a significant force to carry out the President’s mission.” 

FBI Investigating 2 Separate Attacks on Border Patrol Agents

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating two attacks against Border Patrol agents in south Laredo.

One case involves drug smugglers who chucked rebar spikes at agents. In the second case, human smugglers are accused of striking an agent with a Chevrolet Suburban, the Laredo Morning Times reports. 

In the first case, occupants of another Suburban were approached by agents attempting to perform a vehicle stop. The occupants threw handmade rebar spikes at the agents, strike and damaging a Border Patrol vehicle.

The occupants were arrested, and agents said they found four bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $225,000.

In the second case, agents were pursuing a gray Chevrolet Suburban for failing to yield to a Border patrol vehicle. An agent was taken to the hospital after being injured when the Suburban crashed into the Border Patrol vehicle. All six occupants were immediately apprehended.

“These events illustrate the dangers the men and women of the United States Border Patrol face every day in securing our border. Criminal organizations have no regard for human life and pose a threat to law enforcement and the community,” said Laredo Sector Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Scott Good.

Trump Considers Sidelining Theatrical Giuliani from TV Interviews

Trump attorney and former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Is President Trump having second thoughts about adding Rudy Giuliani to his legal team?

According to the Associated Press, the president “is growing increasingly irritated” with Giuliani’s “frequently off-message media blitz.” 

Giuliani, for example, recently revealed on national televise that Trump reimbursed his longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Trump is now considering removing Giuliani from the spotlight and forbidding him from doing television interviews, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. Among the president’s concerns is that Giuliani’s comments are elevating the media’s coverage of Daniels.

The AP wrote:

Giuliani, the newest addition to the president’s legal team, first rattled the White House last week when he sat for interviews on Fox News and seemed to contradict Trump by saying the president was aware of the $130,000 payout to Daniels from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. He also suggested the October 2016 settlement had been made because Trump was in the stretch run of his presidential campaign.

After Trump chided Giuliani on Friday, saying the lawyer needed to “get his facts straight,” Giuliani put out a statement trying to clarify his remarks. But in weekend interviews, Giuliani appeared to dig himself a deeper hole by acknowledging that “Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them sometimes.” He did not rule out the possibility that Cohen had paid off other women.

Trump, who has denied the affair with Daniels, was angry that Giuliani had given the impression that other women may have made similar charges of infidelity, according to the people familiar with his views.

A Mob Boss For President Would Be Good, Mobster ‘Sammy The Bull’ Tells Gand Land News

Jerry Capeci is regarded as an expert on the mob. His website, Gang Land News, is a subscription-based website. This article was republished with permission.

By Jerry Capeci
Gang Land News

They worked pretty well together 25 years ago, but mob turncoat Salvatore Gravano was as surprised as the next guy — along with several former FBI agents — when he learned that fired FBI Director James Comey cited “Sammy the Bull” and argued in his tell-all book that President Trump sought the same loyalty from him that mob bosses demanded from their troops.

Nothing wrong with that, Gravano tells Gang Land.

“The country doesn’t need a bookworm as President, it needs a mob boss,” said Gravano, who famously brought down his Mafia boss, John Gotti, in 1992. That’s especially so today when the President has to deal with powerful demagogues with nuclear weapons at their command, says the 73-year-old Sammy Bull, who said his health is “much better” since he got out of prison in September.

“Truthfully speaking now,” said Gravano, “if you’re gonna deal with the guy who runs North Korea, or the people who run Iran, or the Russian president, do you want a fucking bookworm to deal with them? Or do you want a gangster? You don’t need a Harvard graduate to deal with these people. These guys are real gangsters. You need
a fucking gangster to deal with these people.”

Gravano said all of that — and much more — in an exclusive interview with Gang Land. The talk was sparked by Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, in which Comey writes that during a private White House dinner a week after the inauguration Trump told him, “I expect loyalty. I need loyalty.” Comey concluded: “The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony.”

Sammy Not Endorsing Trump

During the interview — Gravano’s first since his release after doing 17-plus years for drug dealing — the former mobster insisted that he was not endorsing Trump as he declared that a Mafia boss as Commander in Chief would be a good thing. Instead, he focused on the main point of the book by Comey, who as a prosecutor, used Sammy Bull as a witness in a 1993 case in which the mob defector helped the feds wrangle convictions of three mobsters for a John Gotti-ordered rubout.

“I don’t want this to sound like I’m tooting Trump’s horn,” said Sammy Bull. “I’m saying you need a guy like me. A real gangster. No matter who it is. When you deal with people on that level, you gotta be a gangster,” said Gravano, who insisted that his real-life gangster days are over. He opined that a President needs the same toughness and moxie to beat back the likes of Kim Jong un, Hassan Rouhani or Vladimir Putin that Sammy Bull used when dealing with murderous mobsters in his own family, as well as mob rivals during the bloody 1980s and early 1990s, years when dead gangsters from three crime families littered the streets of New York.

“When I dealt with other families, their bosses, underbosses and guys like Roy Demeo and Gaspipe Casso, and all kinds of other crazy nut jobs,” Gravano continued, “if I wasn’t a gangster, and they didn’t know I was a gangster, they would have swallowed me up.”

“If you (the U.S. President) ain’t going to act like a fucking gangster with them, (Kim, Rouhani, Putin) you are never going to get their respect, number 1, and number 2, they’ll eat you up,” he said. One topic Gravano refused to go near, however, was whether he had any dealings with Trump in the 1980s — or ever met or spoke to him — while both were major players in the New York City construction industry. It seems likely they might have, since each had close ties to the convicted leader of Teamsters Local 282, John Cody.

Former FBI Director James Comey on ABC’s 20/20.

But Gravano would only state “no comment” on possible meetings or dealings with Trump.

For the record, as the Gambino crime family’s main man in the industry, Sammy Bull controlled Local 282. And for years, while Cody’s members worked on Trump building projects, Cody’s girlfriend had a rent free apartment in Trump Towers, according to Wayne Barrett, who detailed Trump’s ties to Cody and other wiseguys in his 1992 book, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall.

During his mobster days, Gravano owned a Brooklyn construction company. He also ran one in Arizona when he got out of prison in the 1990s before his arrest in 2000 for dealing ecstasy. Today, he says he pays close attention to the economy as he pursues other business “options” and believes, he said, that major issues like unemployment, education and health care would also improve if a mob boss was President.

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Two Top FBI Aides to James Comey Who Came Under Fire Resign

Lisa Page, via social media.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Two top FBI aides to James Comey when he was the FBI director have resigned from the bureau.

James Baker, who served as the bureau’s general counsel, and Lisa Page, another FBI lawyer, resigned Friday, the New York Times reports

Baker was under investigation last year on allegations he disclosed classified information to a reporter. Page came under fire for after the release of text messages between her and FBI Agent Peter Strzok, both of whom attacked President Trump in text messages to each other.

“A great public servant retired from the FBI today,” Comey tweeted in response to Baker’s resignation. “Jim Baker’s integrity and commitment to the rule of law have benefitted our country through 5 presidents, of both parties. We are fortunate he and so many others choose to devote their lives to justice.”

Baker plans to become a visiting fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institute and editor-in-chief of the blog.

Page is said to have another job lined up, but it’s unclear what that is.

FBI Tracked Record 30 Mass Shootings in 2017

Gun seized in Las Vegas as part of operation/dea photo

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI reported 30 active shootings in 2017, more than any year on record, according to a recently released report by the bureau. 

The 30 reported active shootings are an increase over the 20 reported in 2016.

Between 2016 and 2017, 221 people were killed and 722 people injured.

Most active shootings took place in Florida, California and Texas.

Those years also saw the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas music festival shooting left 58 people dead and 489 injured in 2017.

In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orland, Fla., killed 49 people and wounded another 53.

The combined 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 came at the hands of men acting by themselves.

Trump Loses Patience with Special Counsel Probe, Calls It ‘Russia Witch Hunt’

President Trump, via the White House

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump lashed out yet again at what he called the “Russia Witch Hunt” and suggested the obstruction charge is for a “made up, phony crime.”

“The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination or anything else with Russia. So now the Probe says OK, what else is there? How about Obstruction for a made up, phony crime.There is no O, it’s called Fighting Back.”

He also took aim at Democrats.

“The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice…and just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”

Trump has increased his rhetoric against the special counsel investigation, just a day after his new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said the president may plead the fifth or just refuse to sit down with Robert Mueller, who is heading up the year-old probe.

If Trump refuses is subpoenaed and still refuses to sit down for an interview with Mueller, it likely would lead to a Supreme Court decision on whether a president can even be charged with a crime.