Courtesy of CNN:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, asked directly whether she thinks Syrian Leader Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal, said she believes more evidence needs to be gathered.
“You met Bashir al-Assad. Do you believe he is a war criminal?” asked CNN’s Dana Bash.
“I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before, if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he shall be prosecuted as such,” Gabbard said.
“But you are not sure now?” Bash asked.
“Everything that I have said requires that we take action based on evidence. (If) the evidence is there, there should be accountability,” she said.
What more evidence does she need?
Especially in light of this:
A joint report from the United Nations and international chemical weapons inspectors found in 2017 that the Assad regime was responsible for an April 2017 sarin attack that killed more than 80 people. Syria has repeatedly denied it had anything to do with the attack and also denies it has any chemical weapons, but the United States launch a military strike on a Syrian government airbase in response to the attack on April 6.
Let me just point out that Vladimir Putin also refuses to acknowledge Assad’s war crimes, and keeps suggesting that he also needs more evidence.
Just a coincidence?