According to a report from Fox News, a Democratic state representative in Ohio “can’t take it anymore” and promised to refer the President to the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity.”
Tavia Galonski wants Trump prosecuted for promoting hydroxychloroquine, which is a possible treatment to coronavirus.
Galonski tweets on Sunday, “I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” Galonski said. “Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”
I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one. https://t.co/XQin24gqY4
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020
Fox News asked Galonski if there was a specific crime she was accusing President Trump of committing, and how she would plan to pursue charges against him, but she did not immediately respond.
During a press briefing at the White House, Dr. Antony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was asked a question about the anti-malaria drug to which Trump interjected saying, “He’s answered that question 15 times.”
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The Hague is the site of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which boasts 123 state parties. The United States is not one of them. Only member states or non-members who accept the ICC’s jurisdiction can make referrals. Alternatively, the United Nations Security Council can also refer a matter for investigation.
“Crimes against humanity” is a category of offense that the ICC handles. The court provides a list of crimes that fall under this, including murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, and “other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.”
Many governors, public-health officials, and others have warned that the drug has shown major side effects and its efficacy still remained unproven as a treatment for COVID-19. Some experts have expressed concern that widespread use of the drug could lead to complicating access for people who need them for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.