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Archive for June 28th, 2022

Federal Agents Seize Phone of Trump Lawyer As Part of Election Probe

Former President Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling

The FBI seized the phone of John Eastman, a lawyer who helped former President Trump try to overturn the election results, according to a court filing Monday. 

In papers filed in federal court in New Mexico, Eastman said federal agents seized his cellphone as he left a restaurant last Wednesday, The Washington Post reports.

Eastman is asking for his phone back. 

The seizure came on the same day that federal agents delivered various subpoenas in connection with the criminal investigation surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Eastman has been scrutinized for his role in spreading baseless information about election fraud. He wrote a memo explaining how then-Vice President Mike Pence could refuse to certify Joe Biden’s election victory. 

Eastman also encouraged state lawmakers is battleground states to use fake electors to declare Trump the winner of the election. 

46 Migrants Found Dead in Tractor-Trailer in Remote Stretch of San Antonio

By Steve Neavling

At least 46 suspected migrants were found dead in and near a tractor-trailer on a remote road in San Antonio on Monday evening, and 16 others, including four children, were taken to a hospital. 

Three people were taken into custody but it wasn’t immediately clear what role they played in the abandoned tractor-trailer, The New York Times reports.

Those who were hospitalized had heat exhaustion and apparent dehydration. 

“The plight of migrants seeking refuge is always a humanitarian crisis,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio told reporters late Monday. “But tonight we are dealing with a horrific human tragedy.”

It was one of the worst tragedies involving migrants in decades. 

A nearby worker discovered the truck after he or she had “heard a cry for help and came out to investigate,” William McManus, chief of the San Antonio Police Department said. 

The truck had “no visible, working A/C unit” on one of the hottest days this year in San Antonio, the fire chief, Charles Hood, said. 

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said HSI launched an investigation with the help of CBP and San Antonio police. 

“I am heartbroken by the tragic loss of life today and am praying for those still fighting for their lives. Far too many lives have been lost as individuals – including families, women, and children – take this dangerous journey.”

Mayorkas pledged to get justice.

“We will work alongside our partners to hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable and continue to take action to disrupt smuggling networks,” Mayorkas tweeted.