Chris Hedges: Donald Trump Acquittal, Going Forward; and ICC Investigation Into War Crimes Proceeds

Chris Hedges: Donald Trump Acquittal, Going Forward

Before going to prison Trumps attorney and fixer Michael Cohen testified to Congress that Trump would never leave office peaceably. He sure didnt. He instigated an insurrection on January 6th. His premeditated coup almost succeeded.

His plan appears to be that he would get his followers to prevent the ballot certification of Biden as president and cause enough mayhem to declare martial law. The marauders he sent to the Capitol hunted for Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence. They roamed the Capitol chanting Hang Mike Pence. Hang Mike Pence. A sturdy gallows was constructed near the Capitol for that purpose.

Reportedly Trump took delight in all of this as it was going on and refused to call off the Capitol sackers or bring in the National Guard. The horrors of that day were dramatically presented by the House trial managers. Comprehensive videos were shown to a national audience. A totally convincing presentation was made. Any right thinking person watching would necessarily conclude that Trump was responsible for what happened. Trumps defenses were demolished.

It was explained that Constitution allows for illegal and prior cases had established that Trump could be tried even after leaving office. The argument that he had free speech rights was effectively countered. Nevertheless he was not found guilty although seven Republicans refused to go along with their partys defense of the indefensible. A number of Republican Senators, who were supposed to sit as impartial jury, met with Trumps defense lawyers. Twelve others did not even attend the last day of trial.

After the vote Mitch McConnell, voted to acquit on the spurious grounds that Trump could not be tried since he was no longer in office. He spoke of the possibility of Trump being tried for his crimes. The Republican lead acquittal of Donald Trump will be appreciated as a turning point in American history. The vote to acquit him will be understood as a moment that democracy and the rule of law were trashed allowing the former president to retain his control over a transformed Republican Party which has become an instrument of demagoguery and white supremacy.

Guest – Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and considered by many on the left to be an American moral philosopher. He was forced out of his job at the New York Times for opposing the war in Iraq. Hedges is the author of many books including American Facists: The Christian Rights War on America. He is the host of the RT show On Contact. His latest book is America: the Farewell Tour. He writes a weekly column for Scheerpost the latest is titled Cancel Culture: Where Liberalism Goes to Die.


ICC Investigation Into War Crimes Proceeds

In 2015, the State of Palestine became a member of the International Criminal Court and granted the Court jurisdiction over crimes committed on the territory of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014. The Prosecutor of the ICC opened a preliminary examination into crimes committed in Palestine on January 16, 2015, and the State of Palestine referred the case for investigation in May 2018. During the preliminary examination, Palestinian human rights organizations and victims made submissions describing war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli officials, including in relation to the 2014 military offensive on Gaza.

In December 2019, the Prosecutor found a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of Palestine”the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. victims were invited to submit observations on the Prosecutor’s requests and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Katherine Gallagher submitted on behalf of twenty Palestinian victims of persecution from all parts of Palestine and the diaspora. A year ago April, CCR joined more than 180 Palestinian, regional, and international human rights organizations in signing an open letter to the ICC prosecutorin support of opening the investigation.

Guest – Attorney Katherine Gallagher, senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, has appeared before the ICC in the Hague in Holland. She represented two men indefinitely detained in the US offshore prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Katie works on universal jurisdiction ad international criminal law cases involving US and foreign officials and torture and other war crimes.

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