Trump’s Abuses of Power Expose the Hollow Claims of American Exceptionalism

President Donald Trump at a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House, Washington, Dec. 5, 2019 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Donald Trump at a luncheon with members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House, Washington, Dec. 5, 2019 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

While all eyes seemed to be on the impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee in Washington this week, another judicial drama was unfolding at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. On Thursday, Helen Brady, a lawyer for the ICC’s chief prosecutor, argued that the court overstepped its mandate in April when it rejected the prosecutor’s request to open a formal investigation into alleged atrocities and abuses committed by U.S., Afghan and Taliban forces in the war in Afghanistan. It is a case that could have profound implications not only for President Donald Trump’s promise to negotiate an end […]

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