Democratic lawmakers called on President Joe Biden on Thursday to revoke the visa of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Florida. They deny that the US is acting as a safe haven for the former leader.
“Jair Bolsonaro or any other former Brazilian official should not be allowed to seek asylum in the United States to escape justice for any crime committed during his mandate,” these 41 elected officials, all from the Democratic Party, write openly. The letter to President Biden was released Thursday. They call on the U.S. government to “cooperate fully with any investigation by the Brazilian government, should we be asked to do so” and to verify the legal status in the United States of the former president who arrived at the U.S. border as a leader. of the state.
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The role of the United States in the events of January 8
Elected officials are also demanding that the Justice Department investigate possible “support or financing” from the United States for the Jan. 8 violent crimes, citing the invasion and looting of three iconic places of power in Brasilia by supporters of the former president. Bolsonaro.
These events commemorate the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Two days before Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s inauguration on Jan. 1, the far-right former president flew to Florida from Brazil. He is staying at the home of a former Brazilian MMA fighter. He was admitted to hospital last Sunday due to intestinal “adhesion” and was discharged on Tuesday evening.
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His stay in Florida puts the United States in a relatively embarrassing light, especially evoking previous receptions of controversial Latin American leaders. Asked on Wednesday, the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, said the US had not received any request from Brazil about Jair Bolsonaro, but announced that he would “swiftly” process such a request.
Joe Biden invited his Brazilian counterpart Lula to visit him in Washington in early February.
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