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President Trump contacts McCloskeys 'semi-frequently,' attorney says

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey remain in contact with President Trump, their attorney said Wednesday.

LOUIS (KMOV. com) -- Mark and Patricia McCloskey remain in contact with President Trump, their attorney said Wednesday. "They have spoken with the President," Joel Schwartz said following the couple's not-guilty plea Wednesday.

"To them, it feels like persecution,” said Joel Schwartz, their defense attorney.

The Central West End couple has gained national attention after pointing guns at protesters in June.

A white St. Louis couple criminally charged for waving guns during a Black Lives Matter protest outside their home will make the case in their opening night speech of the Republican National Convention that they had a “God-given right” to defend themselves and their property.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were initially charged with felony counts of exhibiting weapons for pointing guns at protestors outside their Central West End home.

This, News 4 learned, stems from the pistol held by Patricia McCloskey and later turned over to police by attorney Al Watkins.

In a voicemail to St. Louis Police Sgt. Detective Curtis Burgdorf, Assistant Circuit Attorney and Chief Warrant Officer Chris Hinckley, makes it clear, he's frustrated.

According to the indictment, "Patricia McCloskey altered a Bryco Arms semi-automatic pistol, with the purpose to impair its verity in the investigation of an unlawful use of a weapon that occurred on June 28 on Portland Place, an official investigation, and thereby impaired the obstructed the prosecution of Patricia McCloskey for the crime of unlawful use of a weapon. "The pair are set to appear in court again on October 28th.

Their defense attorney says he will be setting a hearing to argue a motion to disqualify the prosecution on the case.

The Circuit Attorney's Office has argued in court filings that they should not be disqualified.

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