Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in a statement today on the U.S. strike in Syria said he has requested information from the Administration about their future plans, including any additional action in response to the use of chemical weapons.
Last night U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and a member of the Senate Armed Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees called Assad a brutal dictator who must be held accountable for his actions and chided President Trump for acting against Syria without a vote of Congress calling in “unlawful.”
Warner said he was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence on the strikes in Syria. “Assad’s use of chemical weapons to slaughter civilians was a heinous crime as well as a violation of international norms and Syria’s commitments to give up chemical weapons. It could not go unpunished. I am hopeful these strikes will convince the Assad regime that such actions should never be repeated,” he said.
“President Trump has said repeatedly that his objective in Syria is to defeat ISIS. Last night’s strike was aimed at a different objective. President Trump needs to articulate a coherent strategy for dealing with this complex conflict, because the consequences of a misstep are grave.”
Kaine has consistently even in the Obama Administration pushed for Congress to vote on authorizing military actions in the middle east.
“The Constitution says war must be declared by Congress. I voted for military action against Syria in 2013 when Donald Trump was advocating that America turn its back on Assad’s atrocities. Congress will work with the President, but his failure to seek Congressional approval is unlawful.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: National, Politics
Tags: Syria, Tim_Kaine, US_Senator, Warner