Feds may prosecute mayor who warned of ICE raid

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at a press conference Feb. 25, 2018, with Emma Paulino of Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (Video screenshot)

The Department of Justice is considering obstruction-of-justice charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning illegal immigrants of an impending sweep by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers.

The Democratic mayor posted a Twitter message Saturday citing “multiple credible sources” who informed her ICE was “preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland, starting as soon as” Sunday.

The mayor held a press conference the following day declaring she was “sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them.”

“My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable,” she said.

On Tuesday, the immigration agency said that since Sunday, it had arrested more than 150 people in the Bay Area

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