The United States captured a militant who allegedly played a role in the 2012 attack on dual US security compounds in the Libyan city of Benghazi , said President Donald Trump on Monday.
Three US staff and Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed in attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a secret Central Intelligence Agency complex about 1.6 km away.
The captured militant, Mustafa al-Imam, is the second suspect brought into custody over the Benghazi attack on Sept 11 and 12, 2012 carried out by Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia.
The US Attorney’s office said Mr al-Imam is charged with murder, providing material support to terrorists and discharging a firearm in the course of a violent crime.
“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” Mr Trump said in a statement.
“To the families of these fallen heroes: I want you to know that your loved ones are not forgotten, and they will never be forgotten.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Monday that the suspect “will face justice in federal court for his role in the attack.”
“We will never forget those we lost – Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens – four brave Americans who gave their lives in service to our nation. We owe it to them and their families to bring their murderers to justice,” Sessions said via a statement.
Although a Republican-led House Select Committee investigation cleared Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing, it was her controversial decisions as Secretary of State during the Benghazi crisis that plagued her during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The first suspect captured by US forces, considered the planner behind the attack, is currently on trial this week in Washington. Abu Khatallah faces 18 charges related to the attack, including the killing of an internationally protected person among other crimes.
Those who perished in the attack include the ambassador Stevens, State Department technical officer Sean Smith, and retired Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Image 2 of Hillary Clinton from NBC News. ■
Trudeau outlines plan to pass trade deal
CUSMA will come before parliament.
After the new North American free trade deal approved by U.S. Senate, the Canadian government plans to ratify the deal next week.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke Tuesday in a news conference after a three-day cabinet retreat in Winnipeg, saying that it’s the government’s utmost priority to push forward with the Canadian-U.S.-Mexico agreement, known domestically as CUSMA, as millions of jobs depend on the new trade pact.
“On Monday, we will present a ways and means motion, and on Wednesday we will table legislations to ratify the deal,” said Trudeau, describing what will take place next week.
In order for the Liberals to pass this legislation in a minority government, they will neeed the support of another party in the House of Commons. Trudeau had expressed is hopes that all parties will negotiate and cone on ratification together.
“What we are doing is reminding everyone in the House and across the country of how important it is to secure the most important trading relationship for future generations.”
CUSMA has been on the top of the list of government priorities that were discussed during the cabinet meetings in Winnipeg.
The cabinet ministers also listened to expert guest speakers, who discussed other important matters including the fight against climate change, the current state of the country’s economy and pressing global affairs, among other critical matters facing the new minority government.
The trade deal, a result of a year of sometimes rocky negotiations with with the Trump administration, has been passed in the U.S. Senate and is awaiting the president’s signature. It has also been approved in Mexico.
Justin Trudeau said in Winnipeg “we are going to make sure we move forward in the right way and that means ratifying this new NAFTA as quickly as possible.”
Conservatives who are the main opposition, are generally supportive of the deal, but have vowed to grill the Liberals over its specifics when the House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday. ■
Weinstein charged with rape, sexual assault
The disgraced media mogul faces up to 28 years in prison for these charges alone.
A Los Angeles district attorney on Monday charged disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein with raping a woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013.
If Weinstein is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 28 years in prison.
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement, reported Reuters.
It comes the same day that Weinstein is on trial for a separate but similar case in New York. ■
Trump impeached by U.S. House
Trump could be the third-ever president impeached.
The U.S. House of Representatives late on Wednesday impeached Republican President Donald Trump with a vote largely along party lines, passing at two articles of impeachment put forward by the majority Democrats claiming abuse of power and obstruction of justice, handing the fate of the president over to a trial in the GOP-held Senate.
The ballots marked by lawmakers in the House came after a day of debate that saw Democrats calling Trump a threat to democracy as Republicans fought back, claiming the proceedings were a partisan coup with Rep. Kevin McCarthy calling it the “least credible impeachment in American history.”
Democrats in the House, led by Nancy Pelosi, accuse the 73-year-old president of abusing his power by asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden in return for military aid. Trump is also charged with obstructing congressional probes by directing officials and departments to ignore legal summons.
Impeachment is an extraordinary check on presidential power written into the United States Constitution by the founders that allows for the removal of presidents by Congress over the vague “high crimes and misdemeanours” — and Trump is the third president to be impeached after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
As the House made history, Trump, who denies any wrongdoing, rallied supporters from Battle Creek, Michigan.
Article One was supported by 230 Democrats while two Democrats voted against the article, which accuses Trump of abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine. Democrats lost one ballot when voting in favour of Article Two, which alleges abuse of power.
Sole Independent Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party earlier this year, voted with Democrats on both articles. None of the 195 Republicans in the House supported the articles, as expected by political analysts, while Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard voted only “present”.
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