Rahm Emanuel to sue Trump admin for not letting him defy federal law (open thread)
**Written by Doug Powers
Sunday open thread time! Let’s get right to the starters…
It’s getting so a liberal mayor can’t ignore federal law anymore without being held accountable for it:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday he plans to sue the Trump administration for threatening to withhold public safety federal grant money because of the city’s immigration policy.
The city will argue in federal court that Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot withhold funding for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs — a crime-fighting source for local governments — to cities that limit their cooperation with requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Emanuel announced the lawsuit during an interview on “Connected to Chicago” on WLS radio-890.
“We’re not going to actually auction off our values as a city, so Monday morning the City of Chicago is going to court, we’re going to take the Justice Department to court based on this,” said Emanuel, a Democrat and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama. “We find it unlawful and unconstitutional to be, as a city, coerced on a policy.”
Wait, Emanuel’s going to sue the Trump administration for not allowing the city to harbor people in the country illegally, and Rahm’s argument is that Chicago really needs those federal dollars for law enforcement purposes? Nice try.
Need additional evidence to be convinced that the Obama DOJ had mainstream media “journalists” on a leash? Of course not, but here’s more anyway in regards to Obama admin talking points about the Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting last year:
It turns out that hundreds of pages of documents existed, and they reveal a shocking coordination between the FBI and DOJ to downplay the meeting and the efforts of journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post to bury the story.