ICE whistleblower interrupted by federal agents during TV interview

ICE whistleblower interrupted by federal agents during TV interview

Originally published by Salon

Former ICE spokesman James Schwab opened up to CBS News on Wednesday to discuss his decision to resign from the agency after what he alleges was a request by the Trump White House to lie about the effects of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's warning to hundreds of undocumented residents of Northern California that a government sweep of the region was pending. Midway through the interview, however, Schwab and CBS News reporter Jamie Yuccas were unexpectedly interrupted by a knock on the door of Schwab's home.

Schwab turned in his resignation as an ICE spokesman shortly after he'd been allegedly directed to divert questions from the press after Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan provided what he says are incorrect statements that claim nearly 800 undocumented immigrants had avoided capture due to Schaaf's warning.

"After they failed to correct it – it's a flat-out lie. They know it's a lie. It was just shocking to me that no one wanted to fix that," Schwab said to CBS News.

Then two men who identified themselves as agents of the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office knocked on the front door. Their surprise visit was caught on camera.

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