White House Sought to Weaponize ‘Catch and Release’ Program to Flummox Political Foes
Political revenge is nothing new.
Politics have always been petty, let’s not sugarcoat it. It seems, however, that 2019 is going to be a banner year for ridiculous revenge schemes.
The most prevalent and precocious maneuver has come from the left side of the aisle, as the democrats shift their focus from vilifying the President via the Mueller report to again attempting to unearth Trump’s tax returns. For many political observers, the switch in “resistance” tactics was viewed as nothing more than an attempt to continue the mudslinging first encountered during the 2016 election – a contest that played host to the idea that the President was somehow hiding something from the general public.
For what it’s worth, the President and his lawyers have contended that they are waiting for the conclusion of an IRS audit of Trump before making the tax documents public.
The Commander in Chief is no stranger to using political leverage to annoy his opponents, either, as evidenced by the latest news from The White House.
White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post.
Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months — once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump’s border wall.
The move would have targeted locales with tie to democratic heavy hitters such as the district from which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hails.
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