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Rahm Emanuel Says Police Murder He's Accused of Covering Up Still Haunts Him


Seven years to the day after the murder of a Black teenager by a white Chicago police officer, the man accused of helping cover up critical evidence of the crime told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that his past actions shouldn’t disqualify him from being the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman, White House chief of staff and two-term mayor of Chicago, told senators on Wednesday that “there’s not a day or a week that has gone by in the past seven years and not thought about this and thought about the what-ifs” of the murder of Laquan McDonald and its aftermath—but said that while he “clearly missed the level of distrust and skepticism that existed” from Black Chicagoans, he has since earned the support of civil rights organizations and a relative of McDonald’s, all of whom can speak “to my person and my character.”

“It doesn’t take away from the fact that a grave tragedy occured,” Emanuel said gravely, “and that tragedy sits with me.”

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