Attorney General Merrick Garland became the latest high-level US official to travel to Ukraine on Friday when he made an unannounced visit to the western city of Lviv.
According to Justice Department officials, Garland was invited by Ukraine’s top prosecutor to make the trip. During the visit, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and pledged US support to investigate alleged Russian war crimes.
Garland’s trip to Ukraine came a few days after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited the country and a few weeks after President Biden did.
“We are here today in Ukraine to speak clearly, and with one voice: the perpetrators of those crimes will not get away with them,” Garland while in Lviv, according to Axios. He made a similar pledge when he visited Ukraine in June 2022, a few months after the Russian invasion.
Garland said Friday that the Department of Justice is working with Ukrainian prosecutors on investigations. He said a recent change in US law allows “to prosecute alleged war criminals from anywhere in the world who are found in the United States.”
While pushing for investigations into Russian war crimes, the Biden administration has opposed other international efforts to probe alleged war crimes committed by the US and its allies. The Biden administration has said it’s against the International Criminal Court’s efforts to investigate Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and US operations in Afghanistan.
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The same Garland who wrote memo saying parents are domestic terrorists, political flip-lopper, whose department never prosecutes criminal activity in, for instance, Portland. Now currying admin by going to Ukraine. This shameful parading of political personages to places they shouldn’t go is disgusting.
The actors are mouthing banalities and execute prat falls in a drama that is cringe worthy for its inhumanity. What a world these rich elites have created and are trying to sell to the west.
All in an effort to force an escalation in this war, because we want a world war. It’s obvious. We’re trying to start one in China because so far Putin isn’t cooperating in imminentizing the eschaton. It’s totally sickening: they ignore the problems and crime and global crises like climate change because they desperately would prefer to spend our money and lives starting a war they hope we can win, that stands an excellent chance of killing everybody, and even if a nuclear exchange can be avoided or “won” would prove completely catastrophic and kill millions, including Americans in the homeland.
For… Whatever the motivation for so badly wanting this war, they never get around to stating it. I’m guessing they are hoping mass death and nuclear winter will prevent capitalism’s implosion under the forces of exponential growth.
Great! If Putin is a war criminal so is Bush, Cheney, Obama, Trump…
Bush and Cheney should be a slam-dunk for a guilty finding.
Boy we sure are sending in a lot of high level officials into an active war zone, almost like it’s a pageant and not a war!
This guy is never going to prosecute Trump. Or an U.S. bred war criminal.
Does anyone honestly think Garland (or Biden, or Pelosi, etc.) would travel to Kiev if it weren’t known to be 100% safe? My question is, how much of this war is being faked like in the Dustin Hoffman movie, ‘Wag The Dog’?
“I’m waiting for the white house janitor to make a trip to Ukraine. He’ll hand Zelensky a mega roll of 2-ply toilet paper and tell him we have his back (pun intended) for as long as it takes.”
Garland let me down and didn’t use the obligatory “as long as it takes” line.
Crass, but germane, … Harvard educated ass-wipes, the lot.
“to investigate alleged Russian war crimes”
all’s fair in love and war
Not Ukrsinian, of course. The honorary exceptional.
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