Venezuela Advances Investigation Against Guaido

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Above Photo: Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela Jan. 23 this year, days after President Maduro’s inauguration. | Photo: Reuters

“Clearly, this legislative body through criminal means intends to seize national powers,” Attorney General Tarek William Saab said.

Venezuela’s public prosecutor’s office is advancing the investigation on the lawmaker, Juan Guaido, of the National Assembly, the legistlative body in contempt under the constitution, over his attempt to usurp governmental powers after proclaiming himself interim president of Venezuela.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab said that Guaido and his National Assembly appointments are part of a foreign-backed illegal power grab, adding that ambassadors of Guaido’s self-declared interim government are also being investigated as part of the investigation.

“Clearly, this legislative body through criminal means intends to seize national powers,” Saab said in a news conference broadcast on state TV, calling the move part of a “circus.”

A judge in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), Juan José Mendoza noted last month that the National Assembly “is in express violation of Article 236, numerals 4 and 15, seeming to usurp the responsilibites of the President of the Republic in directing foreign relations for the State.”

The TSJ also ruled on the unconstitutionality of the National Assembly’s acts in favor of Guaido, saying that the assembly continues to be in judicial contempt. In statements to the press, the MP’s top representative stressed that the evidence of the constitutional violations carried out by Guaido since Jan. 23 will be made public.

Guaido currently has support from the United States who wants Maduro to resign from the presidency. The first measure dictated by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) focused on prohibiting Guaido from leaving the country, seizing his property and blocking his accounts; acts that were reiterated this week by Saab, highlighting the severity of the crime of usurpation of of public offices, especially of the executive and legislative institutions.

He also stressed that Guaido’s actions forward a coup attempt by right-wing politicians, promoted by the United States government against the Bolivarian Revolution.

Caracas rejected in a statement U.S. President Donald Trump’s assertion that “all options remain on the table” in relation to the intention to overthrow the head of state, Nicolas Maduro.

In the face of a possible and imminent threat of U.S. invasion, President Maduro authorized the Bolivarian National Armed Forces “to respond with all moral rectictitude and dignity to the intentions of a coup d’etat, and thus defend national sovereignty,” Prensa Latina reported.

Maduro denounced the alleged ‘humanitarian aid’ that the U.S. offered to Venezuela on Feb. 23 through the Colombia/Venezuela border state of Tachira, because it is a “show and a booby trap.”

‘They rob us of US$30 billion and offer us US$20 million in contaminated, rotten food to try to intervene in the nation and go across the border to occupy spaces” he said.

The Venezuelan government announced Wednesday that Russia will provide the country with 300 tons of high-cost medicine that the Venezuelan state has “paid with our hands, with dignity,” Maduro said.

    • tibetan cowboy

      Why hasn’t Guaido been indicted on sedition crimes? Maduro should’ve put him in prison by now, seems to me. And include any remaining USA citizens in Venezuela, close all USA NGOs, get rid of the USA embassy (shut off utilities / internet / rooftop radar assemblies as starters …).

    • kevinzeese

      Indicting Guaido is complicated politically. What will the US reaction be? Will it add to the false Maduro is a dictator claims? Will it enlarge him more? But, they are investigating him and he is obviously guilty. So, an indictment could occur at some point but timing is everything. Every move Venezuela makes has to be carefully made as the US is looking for opportunities.

    • mwildfire

      And another post here says the Venezuelan ambassador in DC is meeting with Abrams–I wonder what THAT’S about. “Big differences but shared concerns.” I can’t imagine any shared concerns; probably Abrams claiming he doesn’t want bloodshed (lying–he’s a vampire, he loves bloodshed and pain). Negotiation seems pointless when an imperial country tries to impose a puppet government and set up its imperial wealth pump, and the defending country wants to retain sovereignty. What is there to negotiate about? Perhaps behind closed doors Abrams could name a ransom large enough for the US to back off–but Venezuela can’t afford it and the US would not abide by any promise.

    • Guy

      It is up to the judiciary to take care of the Guaido problem and Maduro is correct in doing things according to law and the constitution.
      I do agree with you that all NGOs that are just fronts for the US should be asked to leave especially USAID and the like .The Embassy should be left but only with a skeleton staff.IMHO Embassy expulsion should only be as a last resort as they are or at least should be a method of diplomatic exchange between countries.

    • John Schoonover

      If Maduro was one of those dictators that the US empire routinely installs, Guaido would already have been disappeared.

    • chetdude

      Probably because unlike the USAmerican Empire, Venezuela is a civilized country?

      Can you imagine how long the PTB would allow Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Paul Ryan to continue walking around and fomenting a coup after declaring themselves pResident of the United States?

    • It appears that he hasn’t been seen in Venezuela since shortly after he made his illogical claim.

      I’ve noticed him standing next to Canadian ”politician” Freeland

      Another strange development was Maria Faria announced herself the new ambassador of Costa Rica after bribing the owner of the building for the keys prior to gaining access and making her illogical announcement.

      Interesting, and alarming how the Neocons are using occupy to their own benefit.

    • kevinzeese

      We have an article on the Costa Rica embassy action by the coup plotters. It is interesting how they are tied to family members who were involved in the 2002 attempted coup against Chavez.

      I don’t know what your last sentence means regarding occupy. Can you explain it?

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    • Thanks, I’ve been busy downloading and listening to the podcast while going about my daily or sometimes nightly chores, from time to time I end up in area’s with no reception where they come into their own. plus I do appreciate the learning curve in regards to the MSM not/never supplying accurate information.

      As for the reference to occupy, that was related to the incident of Maria Faria gaining access to the keys of the Costa Rican consulate prior to claiming to be the new ambassador [something which did not go down well] I was being sarcastic, the Neocons version of occupy, bribe someone for the keys and voila.

      I spose you’ve noticed my other question?

    • kevinzeese

      Sometimes sarcasm does not translate well but I get it. Sorry, for being slow.

      I did not notice your question.

      Thanks for listening to the podcast.

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    • All good, I’ll post it again

      Pence was recently trying to issue orders to the Venezuelan army, does that constitute sedition, if not then what is the correct definition?

    • kevinzeese

      Pence, Guaido et al have been inciting a rebellion which is sedition. I don’t see who will prosecute Pence but Guaido could easily be prosecuted.
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    • Thanks – I noticed that it was an offense under US constitution, what wasn’t clear is if this also constituted an offence if directed towards Venezuela.

    • kevinzeese

      Guaido is being investigated at least in part for such actions, in particular for taking money from foreign sources while being a member of the National Assembly. I do not think there has been thorough reporting on the Gauido investigation. We will know more if he is prosecuted which is likely. The balance is concern about how the US will react when he is prosecuted. Will it lead to escalation? Increase in claims of authoritarianism by Maduro? Military action by the failing coup plotters? In normal circumstances, someone who claims the presidency illegally would be prosecuted. Venezuela is being very cautious not because of Guaido — who is a puppet — but because of the US — his puppet master.

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    • Well stated, Guaido hasn’t been seen in Venezuela for some time, I read that Muduru is likely to arrest him, as he should!

      How did Guaido leave Venezuela, if not legally than that’s another thing that will count against him.

    • kevinzeese

      He has been in Venezuela since he announced he was presdent but he has recently been in Colombia for the Feb 23 so-called humanitarian aid effort and Lima Group meeting. This violated a court order for him to stay in the country. I do not know if he has been back since the 23rd.

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