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Texas Separatists Indicted In Kidnapping

Republic of Texas separatist leader Richard McLaren and four followers were indicted Monday in the kidnapping that sparked a weeklong standoff with scores of state troopers.

McLaren, Gregg Paulson, Karen Paulson and Robert Otto were each indicted on a single felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. They could get a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

The identity of the fifth person charged was withheld in a sealed indictment. It presumably is Richard F. Keyes III, who remains at large.

The indictments allege the group participated in a scheme to kidnap two neighbors in the Davis Mountains Resort, a rough rural subdivision where the Republic members had set up an “embassy” in a trailer and wooden cabin.

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Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn’s ‘judgment issues’

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President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump’s chief of staff asked days later if Flynn’s communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.