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Puerto Rico House report recommends starting gov’s impeachment proceedings

By on July 24, 2019

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Lawyer Colón Santana says arriving at conclusion was very complicated

SAN JUAN – Enrique Colón Santana, one of the three jurists who prepared a report for Puerto Rico House Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez to determine whether to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, said Wednesday that the evaluation process that concluded the latter committed a crime, based on his leaked chat group messages, was complicated.

“Our recommendation to the body [House of Representatives] is to proceed with the government trial in the presentation of an accusation document to continue the proceedings,” the lawyer said upon arriving to deliver the report to the speaker.

“This was a precise and unanimous document. Very complicated; this was very difficult work,” he said, adding that if the process begins and one of the chambers does not have the votes, “any person can be subject to the subsequent corresponding accusations.”

For his part, the speaker alleged that until the document was delivered, he had not seen or communicated with the report’s authors.

“Now I intend to hold a meeting with part of my delegation that is present,” Méndez said. “I just received the document and I haven’t read the first line.”

The speaker assured the document would be made public at his request and that the lawyers who signed would remark once it is published.

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