Ever since the Washington Post released information about the canceled ICE raids last week, including details of the 10 cities that would be raided and the day of the raid, speculation has been rampant that someone leaked the information to prevent them from happening. Considering the small number of people with the information that was leaked, five current and former White House officials pointed their fingers at acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
McAleenan has allegedly been opposed to ICE raids for several months, according to the anonymous sources. But he went on Fox News with Laura Ingraham to set the record straight.
McAleenan was accused last week of leaking plans for raids scheduled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a unit of the DHS, after supposedly expressing fierce opposition to the plan and allegedly ordering top officials to “stand down” on the operation.
The source also said Homeland Security officials had been planning the raids since April and that McAleenan had been opposed to the plans from the start.
McAleenan also denied that anyone in his office leaked the information after host Laura Ingraham pressed further, saying that as the operation date nears “you have to push information out into the field.”
“So tonight you’re saying these rumors are wrong false and you did not do that?” Ingraham asked.
“Absolutely not,” McAleenan responded.
I tend to believe him. At this point, we have no reason to doubt his word other than anonymous sources. And it may be compelling that he donated to Democrats in the past, but if he says he didn’t leak, we should accept it. For now.
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