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Trump Admin Seeks Death Penalty for MS-13 Leader Responsible for Seven Murders

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Seven murders, including the brutal 2016 beating of teenage friends Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, are the crimes being charged against Alexi Saenz and four other MS-13 gang members. Saenz was the leader and the Trump administration is seeking the death penalty against him if convicted.

The charges were brought against the killers in 2017. Charges included murder, conspiracy, racketeering and other crimes related to the horrific deaths of the girls.

The murder of the girls rocked New York and the country as a whole. The two were close friends and their bodies were found near each other, having been murdered with a machete and bat. Mickens was reportedly hardly recognizable after the beating.

Several more murdered teenagers have been discovered in the Brentwood area since then.

“For far too long on Long Island, members of MS-13 have been meting out their own death penalty,” said Robert Capers, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 2017 when the individuals were charged. “The murders of these teens are particularly disturbing.”

This news comes as President Trump announced this week that 21 prominent MS-13 figures had been arrested in Nevada and New York recently.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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