King County officials respond to latest Trump, DOJ threat

Sanctuary status could cause county to lose federal public safety grants

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:30pm
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Dow Constantine.

Dow Constantine.

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following joint statement Wednesday regarding the Trump administration’s threat to subpoena county officials over its sanctuary status.

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ramped up its campaign of intimidation, threatening local officials who follow the law and protect local residents.

“To be clear, we comply with the requirements for the federal public safety grants. The Department of Justice’s reckless actions threaten the safety of our communities.

“Just as we always follow the law, King County will always be a safe, welcoming place for all people.”

The letter from the DOJ was sent to McDermott’s office and arrived Wednesday, according to a county news release. At 2.1 million people, King County is among the largest jurisdictions in the nation actively receiving threats.

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