"Those are 800 wanted criminals that are now at large in that community - 800 wanted criminals that ICE will now have to pursue with more difficulty in more unsafe situations, all because of one mayor's irresponsible action", Sessions had said. "To say that 100 percent are risky criminals on the street, or that those people weren't picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong", Schwab said.
The DOJ contends that Schwab "doesn't dispute the number but says: "we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list" of roughly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California", according to a statement sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
"Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: 'How dare you!'" the attorney general said.
Sessions also repeated the 800 number and blamed the mayor for her heads up: "Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community".
Schwab is a longtime government spokesman, according to his LinkedIn profile.
CNN has reached out to ICE in Washington and the Department of Justice for comment.
The ICE agency confirmed Schwab's departure to the Chronicle, but did not provide a reason for his resignation citing confidential matters.
Mayor Schaaf told The Washington Post in an interview earlier this month that she made a decision to warn the immigrant community of the impending ICE raid for fear that the operation was not wholly targeting "criminals", and that, instead, hard-working mothers or fathers without criminal records might end up arrested and deported.
He pointed out that the criminal illegal immigrants ICE targeted in recent raids were the ones who were actually terrorizing immigrant communities, as they are charged with serious offenses such as assault and murder. I was absolutely thinking of them when I made the decision to share the [ICE enforcement] information.
"But if anyone wants to have a public argument over precisely how many unsafe criminal aliens eluded arrest because of the Mayor's irresponsible actions, we are happy to have that debate".
The Oakland mayor has applauded the former spokesperson's decision. I think she could have had other options. "Our democracy depends on public servants who act with integrity and hold transparency in the highest regard". When he told Homan and Sessions that he wanted them to correct the record, they insisted that he instead simply deflect questions about it.
"Director Homan and the Attorney General said there were 800 people at large and free to roam because of the actions of the Oakland Mayor", he told CNN.
Their claims were questioned by critics - and now by Schwab, a veteran public affairs officer who had worked at the Defense Department and NASA.