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Albuquerque murder suspect's son arrested for allegedly lying on a federal gun background check: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the son of the suspect in at least two murders of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been arrested for an alleged violation of federal gun laws.
"Shaheen 'Maiwand' Syed was arrested on Tuesday and charged with allegedly buying two guns while using a fake address," reported Pilar Melendez. "In an affidavit criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for New Mexico, prosecutors allege the younger Syed indicated he lived in Broward County, Florida, when purchasing two rifles in June 2021 in Albuquerque — when he had lived New Mexico for years."
"The discrepancy was revealed during an investigation into the elder Syed in connection with the July 26 killing of Aftab Hussein and the Aug. 1 killing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain," said the report. "The AR-15 and AK-47 the young Syed allegedly bought are not mentioned in the criminal complaint against his father — but it does list guns that the pair bought together."
The killings the elder Syed is a suspect in have caused terror in the Muslim community in Albuquerque.
The elder Syed, who denies involvement in the killings, is a Sunni Muslim who, according to local mosque official Ahmad Assed, may have been targeting Muslim men out of rage that his daughter is marrying a Shi'a Muslim. And according to a separate Daily Beast report, the elder Syed has a long history of domestic abuse allegations against him.
"Among the wild array of arrests for battery and domestic violence detailed in court records obtained by The Daily Beast against Muhammad Syed, the 51-year-old has allegedly threatened to kill his daughter’s boyfriend, beat his wife in a state building, lacerated his son’s head with a metal spoon, kicked a Walmart employee, and punished his daughter after she refused to take her brother to college with her as an escort," reported Decca Muldowney, Kate Briquelet, and Pilar Melendez. "But despite the alleged years-long abuse, Syed never faced charges, in part, because his family always seemed to downplay the incident once police arrived at the scene."
On Wednesday, The Nevada Independent reported that Joey Gilbert, a former professional boxer turned personal injury attorney who ran for governor of Nevada on a pro-Trump platform, suffered a resounding loss in state court in his bid to overturn the results of the GOP gubernatorial primary.
"District Court Judge James Wilson issued the ruling for summary judgment in favor of Clark County sheriff and Republican gubernatorial nominee Joe Lombardo from the bench on Wednesday, blocking the election contest from proceeding further," reported Riley Snyder. "Gilbert’s election contest, filed after a statewide recount on July 15, heavily relied on testimony from Edward Solomon, identified by the suit as an 'expert mathematician,' who has alleged since the 2020 election that 'algorithms' have been responsible for switching votes in multiple states. Wilson called the Solomon report 'hearsay, first of all,' and said there was no showing that the information provided by 'the admitted non-expert Mr. Solomon … is the product of a reliable methodology.'"
"Gilbert lost his race to Lombardo by more than 26,000 votes in the June primary election, but refused to concede the race and later filed for a statewide recount that did not substantially change the results," said the report. "The recount and the legal challenge to the result have been funded by Reno-based cryptocurrency millionaire and conservative activist Robert Beadles. In a blog post after the hearing, Beadles said the case would be appealed to the state Supreme Court."
"Broadly speaking, the election contest lawsuit claims an 'illegal formula' was used to tabulate votes, and that the distribution of reported 2022 primary election results from mail, early and Election Day voters do not line up with expected results in a 'fair election,'" said the report. "Those claims center largely on a 40-page analysis from Solomon."
Gilbert, who was present at the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, ran a campaign laden with QAnon undertones. He released one ad that claimed billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and George Soros "want to enslave every generation" and another promoting a Florida health official linked to a group whose leader claims "lizard people" run the government.
The Nevada Republican Party, which has separately been struggling with an attempted hostile takeover of a key county chapter by the Proud Boys, has pushed back against Gilbert's election fraud conspiracy theories, with party chair Mike McDonald telling the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "There's no indication that there's any fraud right now. It's disappointing that those comments come out of the Republican Party."
Intel expert: Trump will suffer paranoia as he hunts for Mar-a-Lago mole because he has ‘no one to trust’
Donald Trump may have trust issues in his marriage as he seeks to find out the mole who reportedly was instrumental in the FBI search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that following a June meeting with the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, "someone familiar with the stored papers told investigators there may be still more classified documents at the private club after the National Archives retrieved 15 boxes earlier in the year, people familiar with the matter said.
Following the report, prominent conservative attorney George Conway wondered on Twitter, "Who is CI-1?"
Under standard abbreviation in a federal court filing, "CI-1" would refer to the first "confidential information" mentioned, with subsequent CIs receiving subsequent numbers.
Peter Strzok, who served as deputy assistant FBI director running the counterintelligence division responded to Conway, wondering "And -2? And -3?"
Strzok posted a photo of legendary CIA counterintelligence official James Angelton, who was the top Russian spy hunter for two decades during the cold war.
"So much paranoia in a mole hunt, no one to trust, so much to do, so much to lose, so many walls closing in so fast," Strzok explained.
He noted it also "might be Melanie" Trump, the former president's third wife who spent four years as his first lady.
Conway added, "If there's probable cause for a physical search, there could be probable cause to intercept electronic communications and phone calls."