“We will do something but not yet”

Former President of the United States Donald Trump He has assured that he will do “something”, although “not yet” in his first statements after leaving the White House in which he has not released more details about his future plans Trump, who left the official residence a few hours before the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden, as the country’s new president, was first seen at one of his golf clubs in Florida this Friday.

“We will do something, but not yet,” he explained. to a Washington Examiner reporter, as he sat down to eat and before one of his advisers cut off the interaction between the journalist and the ex-president.

Trump has hinted that he is proposing to run as a candidate in the 2024 presidential elections, and has even proposed the creation of a new party, the Patriotic Party, after the disagreements he has had with the Republican Party in its final stage as president. .

A few hours before these first words, the US Senate confirmed that the impeachment trial will begin the week of February 8, despite Republican attempts to postpone it until the end of the month.

Trump enfrentará a political trial to prevent him from running for a position in the public administration for his role in the taking of the Capitol on January 6. There is some consensus among both Republicans and Democrats that the words of the one who was still president in a speech encouraged a mob of his followers to storm the iconic building, however it is uncertain that enough Republican senators – 17 are needed – will support the process of dismissal.

Commute death sentences

A group of 35 congressmen from the Democratic Party, led by the representatives Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts and Cori Bush Missouri, have signed a joint letter to urge US President Joe Biden to commute the sentences of all federal prisoners on death row.

In the letter, sent on Friday, the congressmen urge Biden “to take swift and decisive measures”, because “the annulment of the sentences and the restarting of the proceedings is a fundamental first step to remedy this serious injustice”, according to the text, picked up by the CNN chain.

“We look forward to working with your administration to enact just and restorative policies that significantly transform our criminal legal system for the better,” they have stated, in what they conceive as “an unprecedented but necessary action to reverse systemic injustices and restore moral standing. of the United States.

Currently there 49 people on death row under federal sentence, that is, different from those imposed by each state, 21 of which are white, 20 black, seven Latinas and one Asian.

A commutation is different from a pardon in which the prisoners would have their sentences reduced but would not be acquitted of the charges nor would they have to be released from prison. If Biden can by following the advice of congressmen, he can also substitute death sentences with life in prison.

The three-page letter included as co-signers other Democratic representatives such as Karen Bass of California, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ritchie Torres of New York.

Biden has previously said that ending the federal death penalty is on his list of plans for criminal justice, but has yet to address the issue since taking office in the middle of this week.

When asked Wednesday if there would be a moratorium on the federal death penalty, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recalled that “the president has voiced his opposition to the death penalty in the past,” without giving more details.

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