Representatives Elaine Luria and Mike Gallagher Lead 262 Colleagues to Send Letter to Secretary Pompeo Regarding the International Criminal Court

May 14, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08) spearheaded a bipartisan effort with over 260 Members of Congress urging Secretary of State Pompeo to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to halt its politically motivated investigations into the United States and Israel.

“The ICC is intended as a venue of last resort for the most serious international crimes,” said Congresswoman Luria. “This is yet another example of the international community’s disproportional attacks on Israel. I appreciate the resounding bipartisan support of my House colleagues on this matter.”

“It's hard to get two Members of Congress to agree on anything, let alone more than 260,” said Congressman Gallagher. “This overwhelming, bipartisan response is a testament to how the ICC's politicized actions involving both the United States and Israel threaten its intended purpose. I hope Secretary Pompeo heeds this call and works with our allies to end these politically-motivated investigations.”

Recently, the ICC authorized formal investigations of Israeli military personnel for war crimes during the 2014 conflict with Gaza and of American military personnel for war crimes in Afghanistan—political decisions made despite the fact that neither the United States nor Israel is party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC. While the United States has supported the mission of the ICC, Members of Congress now believe that politics has infiltrated the International Criminal Court.

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee