“No. I’ve never met her before. I never contacted Libby Schaaf,” Schwab said. “Never. I would never tell her. I would never tell anyone…They were very serious. He was very stern with me, and it was concerning.”
Schwab said it was “absolutely” an intimidation technique.
“Why, three months later, are we doing this?” Schwab said. “This is intimidation. And this is why people won’t come out and speak against the government.”
Asked if he believes other agencies are struggling with the same thing, Schwab said, “I know that they are, because they’ve reached out to me.”
Schwab said he’s speaking out now because he’s talked to others in the federal government with similar concerns.
“That’s one of the most important reasons that I’m doing this is that – so that people hear that someone else stood up, that someone else said, ‘No.’ And was concerned with it…To actually prepare and stand out in front of the public and perpetuate something that you know is absolutely false is not okay. And no special agent from the Department of Homeland Security is gonna stop me from saying that,” Schwab said.
CBS News reached out to ICE. They said they disagree with Schwab’s characterization that he was ordered to lie. They also said the Oakland mayor’s actions did allow at least some targets to evade arrest. The DHS did not get back to CBS News about any investigations into who leaked details about the raid.
The Department of Justice pointed out that Attorney General Sessions was merely quoting the director of ICE who made similar comments on another network morning show. Although Schwab is a registered Democrat, he says it has nothing to do with his decision to resign, and to speak out.