Pelosi: Californians won't be bowed by Trump's 'brazen aggression'

Pelosi: Californians won't be bowed by Trump's 'brazen aggression'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiLawmakers feel pressure on guns Former Pelosi challenger: I have no 'interest in running for leadership again' Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (D-Calif.) vowed on Wednesday to fight the Trump administration's efforts to sue California over the state's sanctuary laws, declaring that Californians would not cave to "intimidation tactics."

"The people of California will not be bowed by the Trump Administration's brazen aggression and intimidation tactics," Pelosi tweeted. "We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities."


The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday aiming to block three laws passed by California lawmakers in recent months, arguing in court documents that those laws are intended to obstruct federal officials from enforcing immigration laws.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE delivered a scathing assessment of the laws on Wednesday, accusing California of blatantly trying to undermine the authority of the federal government. 

"There is no nullification. There is no secession," Sessions said during a speech in Sacramento on Wednesday. "Federal law is the supreme law of the land."

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCongress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks American women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Calif.) accused Sessions and President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE of trying to "bully" her home state, but asserted that their efforts would ultimately fall flat.

"Trump and Sessions think they can bully California — but it won't work," Harris wrote on Twitter. 

The Justice Department's move to sue California marked its most aggressive effort yet to clamp down on states that have acted in opposition to Trump's hard-line stance on immigration.