"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s struggles are reverberating in Washington, where he’s causing headaches for his most powerful of close friends and former bosses, the Obamas and the Clintons.
Republicans are eager to make Emanuel — who worked in both the most recent Democratic administrations — a political liability for President Barack Obama and the campaign of Hillary Clinton, both of whom have resisted calling for his resignation over the handling of a video showing a police officer shooting a retreating black teenager. And even among the president’s allies, the famously profane Emanuel is a polarizing figure after playing a key role in the tough-on-crime legislation of the mid-1990s that Obama has made his mission to undo. Emanuel, who has a reputation for his loyalty to friends as fierce as his vindictiveness for enemies, was already doing some damage control on Thursday to better align himself with Clinton. His administration refused for more than a year to release what turned out to be a damning dashboard camera video of an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.
Emanuel has cited his recent reelection as reason to stay in office, and so far White House spokesman Josh Earnest has echoed that rationale — resulting in a less-than-full-throated endorsement of Emanuel’s tenure.
Few of the people who worked with Emanuel are left in the West Wing. The president is the most important exception, of course, but White House aides say the two Chicagoans haven’t spoken in recent days...."