CHICAGO — It’s hard to be sure what Alissa Saunders thought she was taking the night she died of a drug overdose — a ground-up Percocet, maybe, or a pulverized bar of Xanax. One thing seems clear enough, though: She didn’t know it was fentanyl. Saunders, a 22-year-old certified nursing assistant who loved to camp, fish and hang out with her family, was found unresponsive last March in the New Lenox townhouse she shared with a roommate, a straw flecked with powdered residue on the nightstand beside her. Detectives investigating her death found text messages and a Snapchat video suggesting a fri...
Stories Chosen For You
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" with hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar, conservative attorney George Conway brushed aside conservative complaints that the FBI search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort late Monday is part of a witch hunt.
Claiming the Department of Justice and the FBI have "crossed the Rubicon" with the surprise visit, federal warrant in hand at the Florida resort, Conway explained, "This is very serious, it is unprecedented for a search of a former president."
"It's a remarkable thing to see that the FBI and the Justice Department would take such a step," he continued. "The fact that a federal judge approved it shows that there's something there -- we just don't know what it is."
"It sounds like you're saying this is not very Merrick Garland-y for lack of a better word," host Berman pressed.
"No, it is Merrick Garland in the following sense: Merrick Garland has said repeatedly that no one is above the law. And so this is an example of that," he replied. "But it is not necessarily Merrick Garland in that, no matter what the predicate is, it's a bold step."
"You have to tend to conclude that there is something there behind the curtain that would surprise us or shock us or something," he added.
Trump said Monday that his Mar-A-Lago residence in Florida was being "raided" by FBI agents in what he called an act of "prosecutorial misconduct."
"These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents," he said in a statement posted on his Truth Social network.
"It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don't want me to run for President in 2024," Trump said.
"They even broke into my safe!"
The FBI declined to comment on whether the search was happening or what it might be for, nor did Trump give any indication of why federal agents were at his home.
But multiple US media outlets cited sources close to the investigation as saying that agents were conducting a court-authorized search related to the potential mishandling of classified documents that had been sent to Mar-a-Lago.
George Conway predicts what FBI was looking for youtu.be
With additional reporting by AFP
According to CNN, Alaska Airlines is facing a federal lawsuit from two Muslim passengers who say they were removed from a flight for speaking and texting in Arabic.
"According to a complaint filed last week in federal district court, the plaintiffs, Abobakkr Dirar and Mohamed Elamin, allege they boarded a flight from Seattle to San Francisco on February 17, 2020, and after being seated in their first-class seats, they started speaking and texting in Arabic," reported Justin Gamble. "Another passenger, who did not speak Arabic the complaint says, saw some of Dirar's text messages and told the crew who removed Dirar and Elamin from the flight due to what they claimed to be a 'ticket issue.'"
"Once Dirar and Elamin were off the flight, the men spoke with an Alaska Airlines manager who translated their text messages and the messages were deemed not to be a threat, but the men were subsequently surrounded by law enforcement, according to the complaint," said the report. "Dirar and Elamin, the complaint says, felt humiliated for being taken off the plane and being surrounded by law enforcement while allowing other passengers to observe 'humiliating Plaintiffs before their fellow passengers by unnecessarily deplaning said passengers and allowing them to observe Plaintiffs surrounded by uniformed law enforcement personnel.'"
According to the report, both men were ultimately put on later flights to San Francisco, after hours of delay, and Elamin was not given a first-class seat. The suit was delayed for two years because Alaska Airlines had promised to conduct an internal investigation in 2020, but there was never a follow-up.
"Our greatest responsibility is to ensure that our flight operations are safe every day, and that includes complying with federal regulations on investigating any passenger safety reports," said Alaska Airlines in a statement. "Since this case remains pending litigation, we're unable to share any further comment or details at this time."
Muslim and Arabic-speaking airline passengers are frequent targets for discrimination by airline personnel and law enforcement. In 2016, a Southwest Airlines flight kicked off a California college student whose family fled Iraq after another passenger heard him say "inshallah" (God willing). And in 2013, TSA officers handcuffed a young man for carrying Arabic flashcards.
Christina Bobb, an attorney for President Donald Trump, objected to the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago because she said her client is "extremely cooperative."
In an interview on Real America's Voice, Bobb said that she was at Trump's Florida home during the Monday raid but "was not allowed to observe."
"I was his legal representation, his counsel on the ground there," she said. "They kept me out of everything, all the facilities. They say that's standard protocol. I could not see. I could not observe."
"I thought it was particularly alarming because we had been very cooperative," the attorney continued. "This is a Washington, D.C. case coming out of Joe Biden's Department of Justice. We've been extremely cooperative."
Real America's Voice host Karyn Turk wondered if the FBI had "planted" evidence.
"Nobody observed it," Bobb confirmed. "No, there wasn't. To your point, this was a completely unnecessary power flex. It was a weird flex. It's quite honestly sad to see what they have done to our country."
"No, there is no security that something wasn't planted," she added. "I'm not saying that's what they did."
They FBI may have raided Mar-a-Lago because Trump has a history of refusing to comply with subpoenas.
“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said at one point during his presidency.
In one case, a New York judge found Trump in contempt of court for refusing to comply with subpoenas for financial documents.
Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.