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Kaine Statement on Removal of Judges & Attorney General in El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine—Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues—released the following statement today on the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly’s vote to dismiss the nation’s top judges and attorney general: 

“By rubber-stamping President Bukele’s move to fire the country’s top judges and attorney general, the Legislative Assembly completely undercuts the rule of law and democracy in a country already struggling with these issues. The United States seeks a strong partnership with El Salvador, but President Bukele’s power grab puts future bilateral cooperation at risk and must stop immediately. We will use all our available tools to counter such assaults on democracy and help root out corruption, which continues to stunt El Salvador’s development and economic growth.”