Trump: Oakland Mayor Committed Obstruction of Justice by Warning About ICE Raids
President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he believes Oakland, Calif. Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) committed obstruction of justice by warning the illegal immigrant community of a pending ICE raid.
"How about the mayor of Oakland, where she tells a thousand people to get going [because] law enforcement is coming to get [them]?" Trump asked the crowd at a tax reform roundtable in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Trump said Schaaf intentionally planned the announcement after getting tipped off about the ICE operation.
"To me, that's obstruction of justice and something should happen there," he said.
Trump said his administration has "liberated" other American cities from illegal immigrant-led gangs and the like.
He mentioned that several towns on Long Island, N.Y. - like Central Islip and Brentwood - have been greatly affected by MS-13.
Trump said that, as a native of Jamaica, Queens, he knows Long Island well and pledged to continue to keep it from being further "taken over by thugs."
Trump also ripped Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) for failing to vote for tax cuts or ObamaCare repeal.
He also mentioned Manchin, who is up for reelection this year, when saying "we have very weak [immigration] laws because of the Democrats and because of Joe."
Trump said Manchin is often cordial when he speaks with him, but that in the end, the 70-year-old former governor does not often break from his party on key votes.
"What the Democrats are doing [is] insanity," Trump said of the party's conduct in regard to immigration policy.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Tucker Carlson last month that the Justice Department would "look into" whether Schaaf committed obstruction of justice.
"This is a radical ideology that’s contrary to the American law, the supreme law of the land is American immigration law and it must be enforced, else we’ll just have open borders and that cannot be," he said.