42 Democrats Break Away

(TheIndependentStar.com) – 42 House Democrats broke away with their party to pass a resolution to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it tries to prosecute the United States or its allies.

This decision came as the ICC considered issuing arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials.

According to a source, Texas Representative Chip Roy (R) introduced the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act, which passed with a 247 to 155 vote.

While 27 lawmakers did not vote, all Republicans supported the bill, joined by 42 Democrats. The resolution will impose sanctions on the ICC if it tries to “investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any protected person of the United States and its allies.”

The report said sanctions could include blocking U.S. property transactions, denying individuals entry, and revoking their visas.

Vermont Representative Becca Balint (D) voted against the measure, calling it “yet another example of Republicans trying to divide us.”

Moreover, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) praised the measure. “We cannot allow this to stand,” he said about potential efforts to prosecute Israeli leaders.

“If the ICC was allowed to do this and go after the leaders of countries whose actions they disagree with, why would they not come after America?” he added.

Last month, it was revealed that some lawyers advocating for arrest warrants against Netanyahu argued Hamas’ October 7 massacre was justified.

One attorney allegedly claimed that because Israel was already occupying the land, it had no legal right to defend itself against the terrorist group.

Shockingly, the Biden administration criticized the ICC for considering the warrants but did not support sanctions. “The Administration is deeply concerned about the ICC Prosecutor’s heedless rush to apply for arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials,” the White House stated.

“At the same time, the Administration opposes the imposition of sanctions against the ICC, its personnel, its judges, or those who assist its work.”

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