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Archive for August 16th, 2018

Suspect on FBI’s Most Wanted List Performs His Take on ‘Kiki Challenge’

Antwan Mims doing his take on the “Kiki Challenge” in front of a WDNU 16 camera.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A double murder suspect who was captured after being placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list turned toward a television news camera and showed off his version of the viral “Kiki challenge.” 

Antwan Mims, of Michigan, was captured in Georgia last month after prosecutors accused him of fatally shooting two men, execution-style, in front of about 100 people at a house party in Benton Harbor on March 25. 

As federal agents escorted Mims off an airplane and into the hands of local police at Southwest Michigan Regional Airport on Tuesday, he briefly stopped, turned toward a camera operated by NBC affiliate WDNU 16 and performed his version of the dance craze, flashing a love heart with his cuffed hands. 

The dance, popularized by rapper Drake, is sweeping across social media as thousands of people share videos of their versions of the infectious “Kiki Challenge.”

Antwan Mims

But the charges facing Mims are no laughing matter.

If convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, he likely will be sentenced to life in prison.  

Prosecutors allege Mims forced Cortez Lamont Miller and Michael Canthrell Johnson to lay down and then shot one in the face and the other in the head.

“When a wanted felon like Mims is placed on the FBI 10 Most Wanted List, his world becomes smaller as that bright spotlight is shined upon him,” Special Agent Timothy R. Slater said in a statement. “Couple that with determined federal, state, and local investigators, his life on the run ends with him in handcuffs.”

FBI agents tracked him down at a home in Atlanta and arrested him.

Trump Legal Team Preparing for Potential Supreme Court Showdown If President Is Subpoened

Rudy Giuliani, president Trump’s attorney.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s legal team is preparing for what could be a dramatic showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court if Robert Mueller subpoenas the president for a sit-down interview. 

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has been negotiating terms for an interview between the president and special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors, told the Washington Post that his legal team would “move to quash” a subpoena. 

Mueller’s team has tried for months to reach an agreement with Trump’s lawyers for an interview with the president over allegations obstruction of justice during the Russia probe. Mueller has said he is prepared to issue a subpoena if Trump won’t voluntarily sit down for an interview, which could include questions about obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia during the presidential campaign.

The case would be unprecedented because no high court has determined whether a president can be forced to be interviewed about a criminal investigation.

Ex-DEA Special Agent Pleads Guilty to Selling Guns to Suspected Drug Traffickers

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A former supervisory special agent for the DEA in Nogales, Ariz., faces up to five years in prison for illegally selling firearms, including to suspected drug traffickers.

Joseph Gill pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally selling firearms, including two rifles to men “he had reason to believe intended to use or dispose of the firearms unlawfully, Tucson News Now reports.

Gill, who sold the guns without a Federal Firearms License, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 26.

According to the Justice Department, Gill purchased firearms from licensed dealers and sold them online.

Investigators said Gill sold two Colt rifles in June 2016 to suspected drug dealers, according to an ATF investigation. Authorities said one rifle was smuggled into Mexico and another was seized at a port of authority.

Gill resigned from the DEA on June 30.

Jury Begins Deciding Fate of Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Just two years ago, Paul Manafort was lavishly dressed, owned six luxury homes and was leading the improbable presidential campaign for Donald Trump.

Today, the 69-year-old’s life is reduced to a jail cell, prison garb and anxiety about whether he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars.

His fate is in the hands of a jury today as they determine whether one of the GOP’s most successful, if shady, operatives is guilty of bank and tax fraud in order to sustain an extravagant, excessive lifestyle.

In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors argued they presented plenty of evidence that Manafort concealed millions of dollars in foreign banks accounts to dodge tax penalties from money he made working for a Ukrainian political party and that he lied about his income to receive tens of millions of dollars in loans that he otherwise wasn’t eligible for.

His defense team blamed the people who testified against him and admitted they violated the law. That includes his longtime business partner and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, who testified against Manafort as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The jury’s decision in the first trial brought forward by special counsel Robert Mueller carries a lot of wieght for special counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump, who has long complained that the investigation is a “witch hunt” designed to force him out of office.

Whatever the case, Manafort faces a second trial in several months on money laundering charges.

Check back for updates.