Cuyahoga County Sheriff Kevin McCrum says he’s “proud” of a $300,000 check he received from the Trump administration to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Association of University Women, a claim that the sheriff says is baseless.
The settlement of the lawsuit by the ACLU, which had sought the right to publicly document its allegations that the Trump Administration has violated federal civil rights law by discriminating against women, came after the U.S. Justice Department announced a criminal investigation into the Trump Justice Department and the White House over allegations of discrimination.
In a statement to Fox News, McCrum, a Republican, said he received the $300 in December from the Justice Department.
“I thought it was a nice gesture to give the ACLU and our fellow Americans some comfort, as well as my personal and legal costs,” he said.
“We’ve spent a lot of time and resources defending the Constitution of the United States, and this is just another step to show we stand for it.”
The ACLU is seeking to have the $30 million award of legal fees and costs awarded to the Trump campaign and the Trump Organization.
The ACLU’s complaint, filed in U.C.C., contends that the Justice Dept. has violated its constitutional rights by enforcing a discriminatory anti-discrimination law that the ACLU has long criticized.
“I believe that our government must never discriminate against anyone because of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability,” McCrum said.
“We believe that the Constitution is at stake and we believe the U of C should be held accountable for our government’s actions that violate it.”
McCrrum, who was elected to Congress in 2020, said that after his office began investigating allegations of systemic discrimination by the Trump government, he decided to step down as the sheriff of the Cuyahsoga County jail.
“My position has always been I have no position on these allegations.
I will continue to fight for the constitutional rights of every American, and we will continue fighting for the Constitution that the American people elected us to uphold,” McCramm said.
The Cuyahan’s Republican Party has been vocal in its support of Trump in the past and its members have filed several lawsuits challenging the law, including one from last year that sought to stop the Trump Executive Order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
McCrum told Fox News that the $3 million settlement he received was just one of several he received.
“A lot of money is paid to the government to resolve lawsuits,” he explained.
“The settlement will be for a lot less money than that.”
A statement from the Cucahoga Sheriff’s office was provided by the sheriff, who said the settlement is an attempt to move forward with his legal battle.
“It was agreed that the settlement would not affect the sheriff’s employment,” the statement read.
“However, the settlement provides a significant legal relief for Cuyahlans family, who have been victims of the DOJ investigation.
Cucahlans Attorney General will work with the CUC to seek justice for his family.
The settlement also provides a financial incentive for the sheriff to cooperate with the DOJ.”
Fox News’ Matthew Boyle and the Associated Press contributed to this report.