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Progressive freshmen amass multi-million-dollar war chest amid feuds with party, Trump

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her fellow freshmen progressives have raked in more than $2 million in campaign contributions during the second quarter of 2019.

After months of intraparty criticism, the squad — Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — each reported increases in fundraising totals. Ocasio-Cortez, perhaps the most well-known among them, led the pack with a whopping $1.4 million — up from the $826,361 she raised in the first quarter of 2019.

From Q1 to Q2 of 2019, Tlaib went from $305,873 to $528,932 in cash on hand — trailing Omar who had $949,749 in Q2 and $606,523 in Q1. Pressley brought in the lowest amount at just $145,304, a small increase from her Q1 total of $127,336.

Their numbers appeared to reflect a broader trend among Democratic newcomers who mostly raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Federal Election Committee filings due on Monday. Politico reported that only eight of the 43 freshman members posted fundraising figures lower than $300,000. Collectively, swing-seat freshman Democrats raised $24 million for Q2.

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The totals came as the “squad” entered what was likely their most high-profile feud with the president of the United States. Prior to that spat, Ocasio-Cortez, and others garnered near-constant press coverage as they pushed the envelope with progressive policy stances and knocked fellow party members for their apparent reluctance to embrace those positions.

On Monday, those four held a press conference in which they denounced President Trump for his tweets that appeared to call on at least some of them to return to foreign countries instead of criticizing the United States.

The two top fundraisers among the four — Omar and Ocasio-Cortez — have a flurry of criticism in recent weeks and months. All four seemed to divide the party in July as they voted against a GOP-backed border funding package that Pelosi pushed through the House.

“These radicalized, criminal agencies are destroying families and killing innocent children,” the four said of enforcement agencies before the vote.

ILHAN OMAR RAISES NEARLY $1M AFTER CONTROVERSIES, TOPS OTHER PROGRESSIVE DEMS LIKE AOC

After Pelosi dismissed them as just “four votes” among a sea of other Democrats, she reinvigorated tension between her and the squad. After Trump’s tweets, however, it appeared that those five were able to unite over opposition to the president.

Trump, meanwhile, seemed to hope that unity would tarnish leadership’s public image before the 2020 elections.

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Despite Pelosi’s criticism, Ocasio-Cortez seemed to have a measurable impact on the 2020 presidential election. At least two of the party’s frontrunners — Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — sought her endorsement and a slew of others referenced her “Green New Deal” in their proposals for tackling climate change.

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Ford dealer’s retro package adds 1970s style to the F-150 pickup

Old trucks are the new thing. That is to say, new trucks that look like old trucks are the new thing.

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Dealers across the country are getting national attention by offering custom appearance packages that transform 21st-century pickups with 1970s style, like Blake Greenfield Chevrolet’s Silverado “Cheyenne Big 10” and Sleepy Hollow Jeep’s “Honcho” Gladiator.

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(Beechmont Ford)

The latest making the rounds is Cincinnati’s Beechmont Ford’s Retro BFP F-150, which combines a 3.5-inch lift with polished 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels wrapped in chunky 35-inch all-terrain tires, a Black Horse roll bar equipped with KC HiLites, and pearl white inserts to create a two-tone look.

Beechmont offers the package on virtually any F-150, and includes a Roush cat-back exhaust on models fitted with the 5.0-liter V8, but suggests starting with an XLT or XLT Chrome trim-level truck for the best throwback effect. The dealer told The Drive that pricing starts at $9,995. It also offers a host of performance upgrades that can be added, including a Roush supercharger kit good for 725 hp.

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Mitch McConnell Says ‘All Of Us’ Should Cool It In Wake Of Trump’s Racist Tweets

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WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday responded to the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s onslaught of racist tweets by urging both sides of the aisle to avoid “overheated” rhetoric.

The Kentucky Republican did not single out the president by name when making his first public comments on the Sunday tweets, in which Trump urged four women of color in Congress to “go back” to where they came from.

But McConnell did call out Democrats in the House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“From the President to the Speaker, to the freshmen members of the House, all of us have a responsibility to elevate the public discourse. Our words do matter,” McConnell told reporters at a weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

Trump’s attacks, which he repeated to reporters Monday and continued on Tuesday, didn’t initially name the congresswomen he was targeting, but they were almost certainly Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, all outspoken freshmen who have recently butted heads with Pelosi.

Trump’s comments elicited condemnations this week from Democrats ― and even some Republicans ― who agreed the tweets were, in fact, racist. Asked Monday if she thought Trump’s comments were racist, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of McConnell’s leadership team, said, “Yeah, I do.”

But McConnell dodged the question on Tuesday, saying instead he did not believe the president himself is a racist.

“We’re better off talking about the policies of our adversaries,” McConnell said, pointing to proposals supported by progressive House members he said would take the country down the wrong path.

When asked if he’d be offended if his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan, were told to go back to where she came from, McConnell again dodged the question.

“I’m a big fan of legal immigration,” he said, calling it “a fulfilling of the American dream.”

Asked if he’d ever use the kind of language Trump has used, McConnell said, “I’m obviously a fan of legal immigration, it’s been a big part of my family for a quarter of a century.”

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Mitch McConnell declines to single out Trump over racist tweets; says 'all of us' should tone down rhetoric

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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley held a press conference in response to the President Trump’s tweets. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the furor over President Donald Trump’s racist tweets against four freshmen Democratic lawmakers saying “all of us” should lower the volume on “incendiary rhetoric.”

McConnell, R-Ky., refused to label as racist Trump’s tweets over the weekend telling the four Democratic congresswomen who have been fiercely critical of the administration’s immigration policies to “go back” to the countries they “originally came from.”

“The president’s not a racist,” McConnell flatly told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

The Kentucky senator also declined to single out Trump for escalating racial tensions, instead laying part of the blame on the four House members, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for espousing “vile” and “anti-semitic … insults.”

All are U.S. citizens and all but Omar were born in the United States. They’ve sharply questioned U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinians and denounced Trump’s immigration policies as heartless.

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“From the president to the Speaker (Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.) to freshman members of the House, all of us have a responsibility to elevate the public discourse,” McConnell, the top Republican on Capitol Hill, said. “Our words do matter. We all know politics is a contact sport. But it’s about time we lowered the temperature all across the board. All of us ought to contribute to a better level of discourse.”

As McConnell read his prepared remarks to reporters, the Democrat-led House was debating a resolution condemning the president’s tweets. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he plans to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate.

In addition, a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump’s tweets by citing the presence of McConnell’s Taiwanese-born wife – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao – in the Trump administration as an example of the racial diversity among the president’s top advisers.

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“When people write that the president has racist motives, look at who’s actually serving in Donald Trump’s cabinet,” Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff said in a Monday interview on Fox Business, referring to Chao.

Asked if he would ever tell someone to “go back to your country,” McConnell sidestepped.

“Look, I’m obviously a big fan of legal immigration. It’s been a big part of my family for a quarter of a century,” he said. “As I look around the country and watched the contributions that have been made by new arrivals and the children of new arrivals, it’s been reinvigorating America for hundreds of years.”

Contributing: Nicholas Wu, Deborah Barfield Berry

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Federal judge permanently blocks Trump admin from adding citizenship question to 2020 census

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R. Kelly denied bond at hearing on sex-crime indictments, will stay in jail

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Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during his 2008 trial that ended with his acquitted of all charges. (July 15) AP, AP

R. Kelly, locked up for five days on multiple sex-crimes charges in separate federal indictments in Illinois and New York, will stay locked up for the time being, following a hearing Tuesday in Chicago during which a judge ruled against granting him bond.

Kelly appeared in federal court for an arraignment on charges – including production of child porn, sex-trafficking, racketeering, crossing state lines for sex with underage girls and obstruction of justice – contained in indictments unsealed last week in the Northern District of Illinois and in the Eastern District of New York.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull argued against allowing Kelly out on bond, describing him as a flight risk and “an extreme danger to the community, especially to minor girls,” according to the Associated Press and the Chicago Sun-Times.

“How could he flee? He has no money,” his attorney, Steven Greenberg, countered. “There’s no evidence that he’s a risk to minors at all at this point.”

“Unlike his most famous song, ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly,” Greenberg told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.  

Kelly is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. 

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According to the Associated Press, Kelly, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, did not speak except to say “yes sir” when the judge asked if he understood the charges.

Greenberg submitted a not guilty plea for Kelly to charges in the indictments, which paint damning portraits of the R&B singer as a longtime sexual predator who allegedly employed an entourage to recruit girls to have illegal sex with him, make and distribute videos of these illegal acts, and cover up crimes by paying and threatening alleged victims and witnesses.

Besides the arraignment and bail issue, the hearing was scheduled to determine how to proceed on two separate indictments, including whether Kelly eventually will be taken to New York to face the charges there.

Among those at the hearing: Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, who describe themselves as Kelly’s girlfriends who live with him at his Trump Tower Chicago condo. The pair continue to support Kelly even though their families describe them as Kelly’s “sex slaves,” held in thrall and subjected to abuse. 

Since the indictments were unsealed, federal prosecutors insisted Kelly be denied bond while awaiting trial, and that home confinement and electronic monitoring would not be enough to minimize the risk of further crimes.

Krull told the judge that Kelly has “a unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims that is continuing.” 

Prior to Thursday night, when he was arrested, Kelly had been free on bail after being charged with multiple sex crimes in Illinois state court in Chicago by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx earlier this year.

Although several hearings have taken place, a trial has not been scheduled on those charges of rape and sexual assault involving four accusers, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged crimes.

It is not clear yet which set of charges Kelly will face first, whether the federal charges will be combined, for instance, and whether the federal cases will proceed ahead of the state case, which is not uncommon when defendants are charged in multiple jurisdictions.

In the 13-count Illinois indictment, Kelly is accused of engaging in sex acts with five minors and recording some of the acts on video. The indictment mentions that prosecutors have at least four videos of Kelly allegedly engaged in illegal sex with one of the accusers, and that the videos allegedly were transported across state lines and/or foreign borders.

He and his employees are accused of intimidating his alleged victims and plotting to hide evidence – the videos – to obstruct the Chicago police investigation in the 2000s of his alleged sexual misconduct with minors.

He’s accused of conspiring to pay “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to some accusers and their families to obstruct the investigation that led to his trial in 2008 in Cook County on child pornography charges. He was acquitted at that trial, so far the only criminal proceeding he has ever faced, in part because the alleged victim in that case refused to testify. 

The five-count New York indictment accuses Kelly of being the leader of a “racketeering enterprise” with managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants and runners in his entourage who recruited women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly, including transporting them “throughout the United States” for the purposes of sex.

The accusers are listed as five Jane Does, all of whom were under 18 when they met Kelly. As part of his alleged racketeering “enterprise,” Kelly is accused of making “rules” for his alleged sexual partners, including isolating them from others, barring them from leaving their rooms even to eat or go to the bathroom, requiring them to wear baggy clothes, forbidding them to look at other men and requiring them to call him “Daddy.”

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Diver Swims Alongside A Jellyfish That’s As Big As A Human

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A diver looking for interesting undersea video footage recently got more than she bargained for off the coast of Cornwall, England, when she happened upon a giant barrel jellyfish that was bigger than she is.

“I’ve never seen a barrel fish — or any jellyfish — that big,” diver and biologist Lizzie Daly said. Clearly elated, she added, “It was the size of my body, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

In video of the encounter, the jellyfish looms large, pulsing along, its large frilly tentacles trailing behind it.

Sharing a swim with the gargantuan jellyfish was “absolutely incredible,” Daly said.

The giant barrel is the largest jellyfish found in U.K. waters. The Wildlife Trusts says this species of jelly, Rhizostoma pulmo, has a bell up to 3 feet wide and can weigh nearly 80 pounds. The leviathan Daly saw was clearly larger.

While she swam near it, the animal trundled along, pulsing through the water. Daly tells The Guardian that she wasn’t worried about its tentacles: “It has got a very mild sting and poses no threat to humans – some people don’t even feel it.”

Surely, though, they would see it.

The jellyfish made such an impression on Daly, a conservation advocate and wildlife host who works with the BBC and other outlets, that on Tuesday she wrote a thank-you note to her new rhizostomatid friend.

“Dear Giant Jellyfish,” Day wrote. “Do you know how many people you have inspired in the last few days? People asking..what is it? Is it really that big? That cannot be in UK waters?!!”

Daly’s swim with the jellyfish was captured on video by underwater camera operator Dan Abbott — who captioned his photo of Daly being dwarfed by the jellyfish, ” I can’t believe that just happened!”

Daly and Abbott were working on a special called Wild Ocean Week, highlighting the splendor that can be explored underwater, and to encourage people and organizations to do more to preserve the oceans’ beauty.

Saying her goal was to inspire a wider audience, Daly wrote, “Giant jellyfish you have done just that. So THANK YOU!! I feel humbled to have shared the same space as you.”

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Floor fight erupts as Pelosi speaks ahead of vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist’ comments

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Escalating tensions on Capitol Hill erupted into a contentious floor fight in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in favor of a proposed resolution condemning “racist” comments by President Trump — even as Republican leaders stood steadfast behind the president.

As Pelosi’s remarks turned personal, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins rose to challenge her and demand that her words be “taken down.” The extraordinary rebuke, the first of its kind by a member of Congress and a speaker of the House in decades, theoretically could result in Pelosi being barred from speaking on the floor for the remainder of the day.

“There is no place anywhere for the president’s words, which are not only divisive, but dangerous — and have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “It’s so sad because you would think that there would be a given that we would universally, in this body, just say, ‘Of course. Of course.'”

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Pelosi continued, her voice rising: “There’s no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong unified condemnation. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values, and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote, and yield back the balance of my time.”

Collins then stood and asked if Pelosi wanted to “rephrase that comment.”

“I have cleared my remarks with the parliamentarian before I read them,” Pelosi said, before walking away to applause.

“Can I ask the words be taken down? I make a point of order that the gentlewoman’s words are unparliamentary and be taken down,” Collins said.

“The chair will remind all members, please, please, do not make personality-based comments,” the chair, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said.

Collins then repeated his request to strike Pelosi’s comments. Determining whether Pelosi’s comments were out of order could require a vote of the House.

For several minutes after Collins’ objection, House members were huddled with the parliamentarian, Thomas J. Wickham Jr., to determine next steps. Wickham’s determination could be overruled by Cleaver or a vote of the full House.

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Among other volumes, the House has used Thomas Jefferson’s “Manual of Parliamentary Practice” as a touchstone for House operations even today. Jefferson’s manual stated that House members cannot use language on the floor “which is personally offensive to the President.”

The House also relies on Cannon’s Book of Precedents, authored by the late Missouri Rep. Clarence Cannon, a Democrat. Cannon’s book says that “personal criticism, innuendo, ridicule and terms of opprobrium” are out of the order in the House.

Fox News has obtained a copy of the draft resolution being debated, which mentioned Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. It also quoted Benjamin Franklin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President John Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan.

The resolution, entitled “H. Res. 489 — Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress,” asserted that “President Donald Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

Fox News is told Republican support for the resolution is likely to be in the single digits. The scrap on the House floor over Pelosi’s comments could delay a vote late into the evening.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., didn’t have a direct answer when questioned about the text of the resolution earlier Tuesday.

A similar, dramatic episode occured in the House in the 1980s, when Newt Gingrich sparred with then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill, a Georgia Democrat. O’Neill remarked:  “My personal opinion is this:  You deliberately stood in that well before an empty House and challenged these people, and you challenged their Americanism, and it is the lowest thing I have ever seen in my thirty-two years in Congress.”

The parliamentarian determined at the time that the Speaker’s use of the word “lowest” amounted to inappropriate language, and O’Neill’s words were taken down.

House Republican leaders, meanwhile, said the outrage over Trump’s comments was “all about politics.”

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“They talked more about impeachment than anything else,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, referring to Monday’s fiery news conference with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. “We should get back to the business of America.”

The brouhaha began on Sunday after Trump tweeted that unnamed “Democrat Congresswomen” should go back and fix the “corrupt” and “crime infested places” from which they came and then “come back and show us how it’s done.”

Several Republicans have stood by the president. South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, told “Fox & Friends” that the progressive representatives were a “bunch of communists,” and charged that Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was plainly anti-Semitic.

Omar previously has been criticized by prominent members of both parties for making remarks widely deemed anti-Semitic. This past March, the Democrat-led House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution that indirectly condemned Omar’s repeated ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘pernicious’ comments, including some in which she suggested Jewish politicians in the U.S. were bought and paid for.

“We all know that [AOC] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country, they’re calling the guards along our border—the Border Patrol agents—concentration camp guards,” Graham said.

In advance of the planned House vote on the resolution Tuesday evening, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., in a Capitol news conference, said Trump must “tone down the xenophobic and racist rhetoric that is consistently peddled out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” He called for Republicans to join Democrats in voting to condemn the president’s remarks in Tuesday’s vote.

“We want the strongest vote possible,” Jeffries said. “And, we’re hopeful that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would put country ahead of party, would put decency ahead of Donald Trump. Let’s see what happens on the floor later on this evening.”

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Some Republicans have condemned the president’s remarks, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who tweeted: “There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments –they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop.”

But, McCarthy, while clarifying that he believes the Democrats in question “love this country,” said he was not on board with the resolution and will encourage other Republicans to vote against it.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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MS-13 gang members indicted after 'medieval-style' killing spree in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES – Federal racketeering, murder and other charges were filed against 22 suspected MS-13 gang members who law enforcement officials believe are linked to a series of grisly killings involving baseball bats, machetes and other tools of “medieval-style” violence, authorities said Tuesday.

Nineteen of those indicted are considered illegal immigrants, and most of the group’s members arrived in the U.S. in the past four years from Central America. All but two are under the age of 24, Nicola Hanna, the U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles, announced at a news conference. Most, he added, participated in the “killing spree.”

The arrests – the last came over the weekend – capped a two-year investigation. While President Donald Trump has singled out MS-13 as a threat to public safety in the making the case for tighter security along the Mexican border, Hanna said the defendants mostly preyed upon other recent immigrants who they believed were rivals.

MS-13 “has been named as one of the top five transnational threats to the U.S.,”  Hanna said. “MS-13 has spread like a cancer … throughout the U.S.”

Those arrested were all part of the so-called Fulton clique of MS-13, one of the most violent of about 20 factions of MS-13 operating in the Los Angeles area, Hanna said. The clique operated primarily in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.

The indictment cites seven instances in which members abducted victims to kill them, in some cases beating them to death with baseball bats or stabbing them to death.

In one of the most horrific allegations, several are accused of luring a perceived rival gang member who they believed to have defaced MS-13 graffiti to the forest outside Los Angeles and killed him with a machete. They dismembered his body and cut out his heart before dumping the remains into a canyon, authorities said.

The case “centers on murders and medieval-style violence,” said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Until the spree began, “we haven’t seen this level of violence associated with MS-13 in Southern California.”

The FBI conducted the investigation in conjunction with Los Angeles police, county sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office. 

Hanna said this is only the latest action against MS-13, which engages in extortion and drug dealing, among other activities. He has said his office targeted 34 members of the group’s leadership for indictments.

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MS-13 gang members indicted after 'medieval-style' killing spree in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES – Federal racketeering, murder and other charges were filed against 22 suspected MS-13 gang members who law enforcement officials believe are linked to a series of grisly killings involving baseball bats, machetes and other tools of “medieval-style” violence, authorities said Tuesday.

Nineteen of those indicted are considered illegal immigrants, and most of the group’s members arrived in the U.S. in the past four years from Central America. All but two are under the age of 24, Nicola Hanna, the U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles, announced at a news conference. Most, he added, participated in the “killing spree.”

The arrests – the last came over the weekend – capped a two-year investigation. While President Donald Trump has singled out MS-13 as a threat to public safety in the making the case for tighter security along the Mexican border, Hanna said the defendants mostly preyed upon other recent immigrants who they believed were rivals.

MS-13 “has been named as one of the top five transnational threats to the U.S.,”  Hanna said. “MS-13 has spread like a cancer … throughout the U.S.”

Those arrested were all part of the so-called Fulton clique of MS-13, one of the most violent of about 20 factions of MS-13 operating in the Los Angeles area, Hanna said. The clique operated primarily in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.

The indictment cites seven instances in which members abducted victims to kill them, in some cases beating them to death with baseball bats or stabbing them to death.

In one of the most horrific allegations, several are accused of luring a perceived rival gang member who they believed to have defaced MS-13 graffiti to the forest outside Los Angeles and killed him with a machete. They dismembered his body and cut out his heart before dumping the remains into a canyon, authorities said.

The case “centers on murders and medieval-style violence,” said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Until the spree began, “we haven’t seen this level of violence associated with MS-13 in Southern California.”

The FBI conducted the investigation in conjunction with Los Angeles police, county sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office. 

Hanna said this is only the latest action against MS-13, which engages in extortion and drug dealing, among other activities. He has said his office targeted 34 members of the group’s leadership for indictments.

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