Two Homeland Security agents interrupted a “CBS This Morning” interview with former ICE spokesman James Schwab who said he was told to lie about Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Schwab, who resigned in March, originally told the media in a statement that “some” ICE arrests had been lost due to a tip off by Schaaf.
However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions went on to claim that 800 arrests were lost.
Schwab said that Sessions made a “completely false” claim, which he was asked by his superiors at ICE to back up:
That made me extremely uncomfortable. I could not fathom staying at an organization that was OK with lying to the American public.
I hate that. In 17 years in the military, at the Department of Defense as a civilian, at NASA, and now at Homeland Security, I have never been asked to lie. I have never been asked to perpetuate a lie, which is the same as lying.
Schwab’s interview interrupted by two agents from the Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office who demanded to speak with him.
After being interrogated by the agents without a lawyer present, Schwab told “CBS This Morning” the agents asked him questions about Oakland’s mayor.
Schwab said the visit by agents was “absolutely” a threat:
This is intimidation. And this is why people won’t come out and speak against the government.
(Source: CBS This Morning via Vimeo)
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