Motion Filed against Lori Lightfoot Demanding She Answers to Racist Policies
Democrat mayor's racist interview policy violated protection under the 14th Amendment
Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot now has a motion filed against her by government watchdog group Judicial Watch to answer questions to a civil rights lawsuit by a white reporter.
The suit is related to her racist policy where she granted interviews exclusively to “journalists of color.”
Judicial Watch accuses the mayor of breaching "her obligation under Rule 30(b)(6) to designate a person or persons to testify on her behalf.”
The plaintiffs said Lightfoot’s racist interview policy violated Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment, including both plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
In the latest motion, Judicial Watch said Lightfoot’s designee was woefully unprepared to testify on her behalf.
“Specifically, Kathleen LeFurgy, Mayor Lightfoot’s designee, did no more than speak with Mayor Lightfoot’s attorneys and review materials previously filed in this case,” the filing said.
“She did not speak to the mayor. Nor did she speak to anyone else on the mayor’s staff. Nor did she review any records previously unknown to the Court or Plaintiff."
“LeFurgy was grossly ill-prepared to testify as Mayor Lightfoot’s designee, and, consequently, Mayor Lightfoot has failed to produce a proper and prepared Rule 30(b)(6) witness.”
The mayor’s refusal to produce a qualified designee to speak on her behalf, Judicial Watch argued the court should order the deposition of Lightfoot herself “on oral examination.”
Judicial Watch also asked the court to compel the mayor’s office to answer 19 questions which LeFurgy had refused to answer.
“Because she has not and cannot demonstrate that her refusal to answer these questions is proper, Mayor Lightfoot’s designee should be required to answer them and reasonable follow-up questions,” the filing said.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Lightfoot must testify because of her policy.
“Testimony in this lawsuit confirms Mayor Lightfoot is responsible for her racist interview policy and is, therefore, a necessary witness in this civil rights lawsuit,” Fitton said.
The president of the Daily Caller News Foundation, Neil Patel, also urged the court to compel the mayor to submit to a deposition.
“Based on the court proceedings to date it sure seems like Mayor Lightfoot is trying to dodge responsibility for her racist interview policy. We hope the court does not let this happen,” Patel said.
Meanwhile, the reporter who was denied an interview said Lightfoot should be held accountable for her discriminatory conduct.
“It’s high time Mayor Lightfoot answered directly for denying my interview request. The mayor must be held responsible for her blatantly racist interview policy,” Catenacci said.
Lightfoot ignited controversy in May after saying she would grant interviews only to “black and brown journalists."
The mayor also bragged about it in a May 19 memo.
In May, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against her on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation and its reporter.
Catenacci, a white male, emailed Lightfoot’s office requesting an interview with the mayor, but was his request was ignored.
Over the summer, Lightfoot defiantly told New York Times podcaster Kara Swisher that she was “unapologetic” about discriminating against white reporters.
“I would absolutely do it again,” Lightfoot said in July.
“I’m unapologetic about it because it spurred a very important conversation, a conversation that needed to happen, that should have happened a long time ago.”