National Security Advisor John Bolton to Federalist Society: U.S. No Longer Recognizes International Criminal Court (ICC) At The Hague

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National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke to the Federalist Society Monday morning, where he declared that the international criminal court (ICC) threatens American constitutional rights with efforts to prosecute Americans for war crimes in Afghanistan.

Bolton said the Court, which is based in the Hague, has a mandate to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, is "illegitimate" and "already dead to us."

President Bill Clinton signed the Rome Statute that established the court, but his successor, George W. Bush, renounced the signature when the court became active in 2002, citing fears that Americans would be unfairly prosecuted for political reasons.

"The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by the illegitimate court," Bolton, who served in the Bush administration said.



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