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Texas Teen Pleads Guilty to Recruiting for Pakistani Terror Group

The plot was foiled by undercover law enforcement officers.

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A Texas teenager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal terrorism charges after he recruited for a Pakistani terror group.

“Michael Kyle Sewell was arrested in February and pleaded guilty Wednesday morning before federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in Fort Worth,” according to The Dallas Morning News. 

He was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terror group known commonly as LeT. The group is suspected of operating inside countries surrounding India, including Sri Lanka, and potentially playing a role in the deadly Easter bombings that killed more than 350 people in the island nation.

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According to the report, Sewell admitted to encouraging another person to join LeT.

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“Sewell provided the co-conspirator with contact information for someone he believed could facilitate the recruit’s travel to Pakistan,” the report said.

The facilitator, though, was an undercover FBI agent who busted up Sewell’s plot.

“Scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 12, Sewell faces as much as 20 years in federal prison and a fine of as much as $250,000,” according to the report.


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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine

Completely inappropriate.

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Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.

In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.

In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.

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A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.

Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.

This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.

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