nearvideo Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello addresses scandal, says he is not up for re-election, but did not immediately withdraw
Rossello broke joins Shepard Smith for the first interview since ‘Ricky-gate” scandal.
A mayor in Puerto Rico is controversial, embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s claim that he supports him, in the midst of widespread protests and calls for Rosselló to step down.
Rosselló appeared on “Shepard Smith Reporting” on Monday for his first one-on-one interview since the advent of the allegations that he is corrupt, and that the people in Puerto Rico are offended, including the victims of hurricane Maria.
During the heated interview, Rosselló named Javier Jiménez, the mayor of San Sebastian — a municipality in Puerto Rico — as one of his followers.
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In response, Jiménez Fox News said later on Monday that he did not have the support of the controller at all.
Jiménez told Fox News the statement was inaccurate. He also said he is waiting for the results of an investigation of the leaking on online chats between Rosselló and a number of other officials. The chats are showing Rosselló insult of women and political opponents and taunt the victims of the Maria.
Jiménez gave a public statement on the San Sebastian Facebook page: “I have clearly and consistently in the Foundation that our Constitution provides for mechanisms to interrupt the term of office, by which a Governor was elected by the people.”
The post continued: “The Puerto Rico house of representatives has already started the analysis with the “chat”, in which the Governor, the Assembly, a Committee of lawyers from different political ideologies, and who decides whether it is serious or less serious offences lead to moral corruption, so that an impeachment process was launched could be. I have found that we should expect this Committee to issue a rating on the ‘chat.'”
Rosselló announced on Sunday that he will no longer prompt for re-election, but he also defended his resignation. The scandal led to nearly 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets in and around the capital of San Juan.
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Many Puerto Ricans were clamoring Rosselló calling for the resignation, because the chat leaks emerged.
Rosselló said on Sunday in a Facebook video that he agreed with the right of people to protest and was ready to confront the impeachment process that had already begun in the Puerto Rico legislature. Although he said he will not resign, as the island of the leader, he will step down as the head of his pro-statehood party.
Rosselló praised his “errors” and pointed out that he had apologized in the past. He did not offer a formal apology in Sunday s-video, and not immediately, an apology during the interview with Smith on Monday.
“Everything that has been said, I’ll take the responsibility for. I apologize for him,” Rosselló Smith said after he was asked whether he had apologized “enough.”
Earlier this month, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism nearly 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and other government officials published.
In a communication Rosselló called New York politician of Puerto Rican descent, a “w—e” and described another as a “daughter of the ex–h -.”
A chat with vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin and the sexuality.
The calls to oust the Governor caught the attention of the U.S. mainland, where there are already more calls for him to step aside. President Trump has Rosselló blasted on Monday as “a terrible Governor.”
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Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, Carlos Bedoya, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.