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Fearing precedent, Pentagon won't cooperate with top global court

A top U.S. diplomatic official said the ICC won't pursue war crimes charges against Americans if the U.S. courts handle it.

Demonstrators outside the White House in Washington
Demonstrators outside the White House in Washington (AN/Gayatri Malhotra/Unsplash)

U.S. military leaders want to block U.S. President Joe Biden's administration from sharing evidence of war crimes in Ukraine with the International Criminal Court, a senior U.S. diplomat told lawmakers.

Beth Van Schaack, the U.S. State Department’s ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice, confirmed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Pentagon "is not cooperating" with the administration's efforts to provide evidence to The Hague-based court.

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