As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by TheHill.com:
A New York man charged with murdering the alleged boss of the Gambino Mafia family believed he was carrying out a mission on behalf of President Trump, his lawyer said in court documents, according to The New York Times.
Anthony Comello of Staten Island allegedly shot and killed Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali outside Cali’s home in March, which law enforcement initially suspected was the opening salvo in a turf war after decades of relative peace between New York’s five major families.
The article goes on to state the following:
However, according to a filing from his attorney, Robert C. Gottlieb, Comello was not affiliated with the Mafia. Instead, he believed Cali was an agent of the “deep state” and that he was authorized by Trump to arrest him. Gottlieb said Comello had brought handcuffs with him and shot Cali only after he refused to submit to a citizen’s arrest and reached for his waistband.
Gottlieb said his client was a subscriber to a “QAnon” theory that claims Trump is working against a network of pedophiles, according to the Times.
“Mr. Comello’s support for ‘QAnon’ went beyond mere participation in a radical political organization,” Gottlieb wrote. “It evolved into a delusional obsession.”
The lawyer says Comello is not liable for the killing by reason of insanity.
The lawyer for the Staten Island man charged with murdering a leader in the Gambino crime family said his client was obsessed with far-right QAnon conspiracy theories and was trying to make a citizen’s arrest of a member of the “deep state” https://t.co/qj545MuLTq
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 21, 2019
He Wasn’t Seeking to Kill a Mob Boss. He Was Trying to Help Trump, His Lawyer Says. – The New York Times https://t.co/fHWW6jMaIU
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 21, 2019
➡️ “Mr. Comello also believed he was a chosen vigilante of President Trump.
Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support.” https://t.co/q1quvllkd2
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) July 21, 2019
There are some new details in the QAnon Mafia boss murder — the suspect’s lawyer says he was obsessed with QAnon, was convinced the victim was a member of the deep state. https://t.co/RWojHvs4Z1
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) July 21, 2019
To get more information about this article, please visit TheHill.com. To weigh in, leave a comment below.