FOX NEWS FIRST: Clues in stolen plane mystery; Omarosa's secret White House recording sparks security concerns

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Developing now, Monday, August 13, 2018

  • Investigators say they have recovered human remains and the flight data recorder from the plane that an airline employee stole from a Seattle airport and crashed on an island in nearby Puget Sound last Friday
  • The White House has accused former reality star and ex-Trump aide Omarosa of having disregard for national security after she released a purported secret recording of Chief of Staff John Kelly allegedly 'threatening' her
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Massachusetts police officials have slammed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for calling the criminal justice system 'racist'
  • The fraud trial of ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort resumes Monday, and prosecutors could rest their case
  • Clashes between hundreds of counterprotesters, including Antifa, and white nationalist demonstrators and police marked 'Unite the Right' march in Washington, D.C. on Sunday
  • Another bloody string of shootings rocked Chicago this weekend, leaving one dead and at least 27 wounded

THE LEAD STORY - POTENTIAL CLUES IN FATAL THEFT OF SEA-TAC PLANE: Federal officials announced late Sunday that they recovered the flight data recorder and human remains from the stolen commercial airplane that took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in Puget Sound ... The FBI recovered the cockpit voice recorder from aircraft N449QX and the National Transportation Security Board is processing the data. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is in possession of the remains. The plane was located and was considered “highly fragmented.”

Richard Russell, who stole the plane last Friday, is presumed dead. Authorities don't know why he took the plane, but he could be heard on audio recordings telling air traffic controllers that he is "just a broken guy." His family says it's clear he didn't mean to harm anyone.

OMAROSA RECORDING RAISES SECURITY CONCERNS: Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the ex-reality star and former Trump aide who has since accused the president of racism, on Sunday released what she claimed was a secret recording of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly "threatening" her in the White House Situation Room ... White House officials pushed back immediately, saying Manigault-Newman's termination for alleged ethical violations was handled appropriately and charging that she would have flagrantly violated security protocols by taping Kelly in the highly secured room in the basement of the West Wing.

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday evening.

In the recording, Kelly purportedly calls for Manigault-Newman's "friendly departure" from the administration without any "difficulty in the future relative to your reputation." According to the tape, Kelly continued by saying that things could get "ugly" for her, and that she was "open to some legal action" for conduct that would merit a court martial if she were in the military. Still, the possibility that Manigault-Newman had managed to record a conversation in the White House's high-tech Situation Room, which is the nerve center of sensitive government military operations, alarmed analysts.

'POCAHONTAS' INSULTS POLICE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and top police officials in Massachusetts have accused Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of insulting rank-and-file officers when she said the criminal justice system was "racist ... front to back" earlier this month ... Warren made the remarks Aug. 3 at Dillard University, a historically black college. In response, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson called Warren's comments "an insult to the hard working men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department, as well as other Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies who are part of the criminal justice system.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions also called out Warren during a speech in Georgia on Thursday, calling her statement "a slander of every law officer and every prosecutor in America."

MANAFORT PROSECUTION WINDING DOWN: Testimony in the bank fraud and tax evasion trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will resume Monday, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors say they expect to rest their case ... On Friday, Manafort's trial was delayed for hours Friday without explanation after the judge huddled with his bailiff and attorneys for both sides. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III did not acknowledge the delay. But after calling the recess, he left the courtroom, heading toward the jury room. He also repeatedly reminded the jury not to discuss the case at all. Manafort's defense is not required to say whether they will call any witnesses until after the government rests.

CLASHES MARK ONE YEAR SINCE CHARLOTTESVILLE - Hundreds of counterprotesters, including Antifa, confronted a group of white-nationalist demonstrators Sunday at the so-called "Unite the Right II" march toward the White House -- and many pushed back as officers tried to clear the area in the evening, triggering scuffles ... A passing thunderstorm forced the far-right demonstrators to break down their rally stage in Lafayette Park near the White House prematurely, but as police escorted them from the area, reports of Antifa resistance emerged. Some 200 anti-fascists, many of them wearing black masks, confronted police about a half-mile from the White House as officers shoved them back, The Associated Press reported.

CHICAGO'S WEEKEND WAR ZONE: Chicago saw a new burst of bloody violence this weekend, with a string of shootings that killed at least one woman killed and wounded some 27 others ... Still, the numbers were down from the previous weekend when a burst of gun violence left at least 11 people dead and around 70 wounded. After last weekend’s frustratingly high violence, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers already were patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where most of the shootings unfolded. Another 200 were said to be added to affected neighborhoods by this weekend.


THE FRAMING OF TRUMP, EXPOSED: "Unlike everyone on the right, I don't want the Mueller investigation to end so soon. I want it to keep going on and on and on because every day it gets closer to proving Russia collusion. The collusion however...was between Russia and team Obama. Not Trump." – Judge Jeanine Pirro, in her "Opening Statement" on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" on why she wants Russian Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to continueWATCH

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE INTOLERANT LEFT: "I don't understand the vitriol against people who are just trying to do their job." – Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, on "FOX & Friends Weekend," sounding off on a Texas restaurant being forced to take down its social media pages after posting a photo of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. WATCH


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