The President plans to sign an executive order that will authorize economic sanctions against those who investigate the U.S. on Russia’s behalf.
To the point, Donald Trump targets employees of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with this order.
A senior administration official confirmed the following:
The order … is specifically addressing an ICC appeals court’s March decision to authorize a war crimes tribunal into actions allegedly perpetrated by U.S. assets and their allies in Afghanistan.
The U.S. is not a party to the ICC’s Rome Statute, and therefore does not fall under the jurisdiction of the court, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted following the March authorization.
In the past, the Trump administration has accused Russia of unfairly influencing ICC employees to carry out investigations.
This is precisely what the new executive order aims to stop.
Why It’s Important:
The current administration wants to address any possible meddling in the ICC, and its subsequent investigations, by Russia.
The President has often claimed there is evidence to support Russia’s involvement in such matters.
However, Trump’s team wouldn’t go into detail concerning how Russia could subvert the “true purpose” of the court.
But after the ICC decided to authorize a war crimes tribunal into alleged U.S. actions against Afghanistan, the administration decided to act.
This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution masquerading as a legal body.
It is all the more reckless for this ruling to come just days after the United States signed a historic peace deal on Afghanistan, which is the best chance for peace in a generation.
The executive order should go into effect on Thursday, and it will authorize Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Attorney General Bill Barr to “freeze all U.S.-held assets of ICC employees” who have directly attempted to “investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute U.S. personnel.”
The order will also block these employees from entering the United States.
This is a significant step in terms of severity — prior to this, Pompeo moved to revoke visas for certain ICC employees. But clearly, that’s not enough for the administration.
- President Trump will sign a new executive order tomorrow. It goes after ICC employees who target U.S. personnel, at the possible behest of Russia
- The U.S. will “freeze all U.S.-held assets” of any ICC employee who pursues an investigation into U.S. personnel.
- It’s a big step beyond the previous move, which was to simply revoke visas for certain ICC employees.
Source: The Daily Caller