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Ohio National Guardsman dreamed of shooting up synagogue — and selling 'ghost guns' to other racists: Feds
According to WBNS News, a member of the Ohio National Guard was arrested this week on suspicion of selling illegal, untraceable "ghost gun" kits, including mechanisms that can convert an AR-15 into a fully automatic machine gun.
"The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced federal agents arrested 24-year-old Thomas Devlin for making the untraceable homemade weapons made in whole or in part with a 3D printer," said the report. "Develin allegedly created the ghost guns to sell for profit. He also allegedly possessed homemade conversion devices to convert semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and Glock-type pistols into fully automatic machine guns. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said agents discovered more than 25 firearms in Develin’s residence and vehicle while executing a search warrant in March 2022."
As the report noted, Develin also has been indicted for allegedly making terroristic threats towards Jews online, while working as a security guard for the Torah Academy in Columbus. He has also allegedly advocated the rape of women in online posts.
"In September 2021, it is alleged Develin posted a picture of the synagogue where he was working at the time and stated, in part, 'Having an inner debate that if an active shooter comes in I might just join him,'" said the report. "In November 2021, Develin allegedly posted a video of himself sniffing a rifle. In the video, Develin says, 'This one smells like dead Jews.' In a December 2021 Discord post, Develin allegedly wrote, 'Ight, time to turn wright pat airbase into Fort hood in 2009.' In January 2022, Develin allegedly posted a picture of a New Albany synagogue with the text, 'The holocaust didn’t happen' and 'If anything I’ll scream 6 million wasn’t enough.'"
Hate crimes have exploded in recent years, one of the most horrific being the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh by a far-right gunman. Many other threats have been levied against Jewish centers and synagogues; a 2017 report suggested that the perpetrators were using sophisticated technology to spoof phone numbers to avoid being detected.
The proliferation of untraceable "ghost guns," too, has raised alarms with law enforcement; in April, President Joe Biden issued a new executive order sharply restricting the availability of kits to design them.
Former President Donald Trump joined Newsmax for an interview that aired on Thursday morning in which he spewed out a laundry list of bizarre accusations against ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, whose sworn testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol on Tuesday was absolutely devastating for Trump.
A visibly agitated Trump complained about Hutchinson's recounting of his behavior during the insurrection.
"Some whack job can stay this stuff and get away with it, and other things, that I wanted guns at my rally. Okay, now I'm speaking, why would I want guns? I don't want people having, standing with guns in my rally," he said on Wake Up America.
Hutchinson recalled that Trump believed that his armed supporters were "not there to hurt me."
Trump maintained that "this woman, she wanted to work for me after January 6th. She was a big Trump fan. She wanted to work for me in Florida and we chose not to bring her down because I got very bad things."
Next, Trump repeated what he said on Tuesday – that "I hardly knew her," even though his and Hutchinson's West Wing offices were only a few yards apart. "And I said, 'well if she's no good, I got somebody called up, numerous people, that she's not good.''"
Trump then refused to say "why she's not good, plenty of reasons... she was not respected by the people in the White House. So they thought she shouldn't go down. I was going down to Florida with a group of people, great group of people, patriots, and her name was thrown out there and they said, 'stay away from her.' They said bad things about her."
Hutchinson's strange story about Trump trying to hijack his motorcade, which was told to her by Trump's then-deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato, made him particularly upset.
"And then I see her, and again, I hardly know who she is. And then I see this woman getting up and she's making up stories, like one after another, but the craziest of all was that I tried to commandeer – they used that word – I tried to commandeer a car with Secret Service agents telling them to take us down to the Capitol," Trump said. "It was totally false, and that a person can get away with it... and then I watch the Times and The Washington Post, and I get reviews on MSDNC, and CNN, they hardly even talk about the fact that she's been totally discredited."
That is untrue, given that so far, nobody has refuted Hutchinson's damning statements under oath.
Watch below via Vox's Aaron Rupar:
\u201c"Whack job ... I won't say why that she's not good, but plenty of reasons" -- Trump makes all sorts of weird insinuations about Cassidy Hutchinson during a new Newsmax interview\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
Trump's reaction rekindled widespread suspicions that he is attempting to engage in witness tampering in order to obfuscate the truth.
\u201c@atrupar Witness intimidation and tampering\u2026encouraging his deranged base to attack this woman\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@atrupar the amount of effort and time spent on discrediting her, pretty much confirms she's telling the truth.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@atrupar He looks so terrified and frazzled that he forgot to slather on his orange makeup.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@atrupar You can reuse these comments for any former staffer that has less than glowing things to say about Trump and his administration. Really is as predictable as a bad mob movie.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@SueRic2 @atrupar Exactly. Dude always sticks to the same script. We know him too well by now. The more he smears someone, the more he fears them.\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@atrupar And he brings out the I hardly knew her defense.\nShe worked down the hall from him for how many years..for his \nChief of staff for goodness sakes...\nThe number of people who worked for him who he now claims he didn't know is staggering..\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@atrupar That was possibly the most unconvincing thing I\u2019ve heard him say since he refused to disclose his favorite Bible verse. She was not respected such that on 1/6 she was in Meadows office, backstage at the Rally and in and out of the car/office/command center Meadows was holed up in\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
\u201c@atrupar Did he never wonder why a "total whack job" had the office next to Jared and Mark Meadows and two doors down from the Oval Office?\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656606779
Those conjectures are not without warrant.
On Thursday afternoon, CNN National Security Reporter Zachary Cohen reported that "multiple sources" revealed to him, anchor Kasie Hunt, and Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles that Hutchinson told the bipartisan House panel "that she was contacted by someone who was attempting to influence her testimony."
\u201cCassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the January 6 committee that she was contacted by someone who was attempting to influence her testimony, multiple sources confirm to me, @kasie & @ryanobles.\u201d— Zachary Cohen (@Zachary Cohen) 1656606794
The Lincoln Project blasted Trump White House chief of staff after the group was mentioned in a story about Meadows' communications with then-Attorney General Bill Barr.
"Former President Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows questioned the results of the 2020 election just one day after it took place, texting Atty. Gen. William P. Barr on Nov. 4 about looking into a fraud allegation, according to records released by the Justice Department. The communications show how quickly Meadows moved to find evidence of fraud after it was evident Trump would lose the election, an effort that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection said in recent hearings was central to the former president’s plan to stay in power," the L.A. Times reported Thursday.
The newspaper reported it was unclear whether the select committee has obtained the text messages.
"The texts to Barr are not among those leaked to and published by various media outlets. CNN and the Washington Post have reviewed hundreds of Meadows’ messages, including texts from conservative figures pushing him to have Trump fight the election results in court, and texts he received from lawmakers and conservative media personalities during the Jan. 6 insurrection," the newspaper reported.
The Lincoln Project, the group of former top Republican political consultants known for hard-hitting attacks on Trump, responded on Thursday after the report was published.
“The Lincoln Project was the only SuperPAC Trump truly feared in the 2020 election. Now we know how far he’d go to punish us for leading the fight against him.
“Today, we learned the Trump White House tried to use the power of the Federal Government to come down on us. After we highlighted their corrupt courtroom antics to overturn the election, the Trump Campaign created a 12-page research brief attacking The Lincoln Project that Mark Meadows passed to Attorney General Bill Barr. Its purpose? To pressure Barr into attacking us for engaging in protected political speech," the group alleged.
“We said well before the election that Donald Trump was a power-hungry authoritarian who would stop at nothing to cling to the Oval Office," the statement continued. "Trump’s low-rent strip-mall lawyers threatened to sue after The Lincoln Project put his daughter and son-in-law on a Times Square Billboard, but trying to use the Department Of Justice to attack The Lincoln Project is a shocking abuse of power.”