Towards the end of a wide-ranging and tense interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was asked by anchor Jake Tapper about calls for his resignation. And Isreal made it known that he has no plans to step down.
Tapper noted that Florida State Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton) had sent a letter demanding Israel step down “for “negligence of duty and incompetence.” Hager also wrote that Israel “was fully aware of the threat this individual represented to the community and chose to ignore it,” referencing the missed warning signs when it came to shooter Nikolas Cruz.
“It was a shameful letter,” Isreal responded. “I will not resign. I never met that man. He doesn’t know anything about me and the letter was full of misinformation.”
He continued, “I wrote a letter back to the governor. I talked about all the mistakes that Hager made in his letter. It was a shamefully, politically motivated letter that had no facts and of course I won’t resign.”
The CNN host then pressed the sheriff on whether he felt the shooting may not have happened if his office had done some things differently.
“Listen, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, O.J. Simpson would still be in the record books,” Isreal said, causing Tapper to say he didn’t “know what that means” before explaining that there were 17 people dead and a “long list” of what Israel’s department could have done differently.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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