(Washington, D.C.)  – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to subpoena records and withhold federal funding from King County for its policies related to communication with federal immigration enforcement.

“Threatening to cut off funding for public safety does not make our communities safer. The Trump Administration’s intimidation tactics are reckless, wrong, and in no way reflect the values or priorities of so many communities across our state or country, nor does it reflect responsible use of limited taxpayer resources at the Department of Justice. Instead, this announcement—which strikes even more fear into our communities and attempts to intimidate state and local leaders who have complied with the law—is not about solutions but about pandering to the hard right. If Attorney General Sessions and the rest of the Trump Administration was truly serious about public safety and better cooperation among all levels of government, they would work with Congress to support community policing and other practices that actually keep our communities safe—not threaten this vital funding.”