nearvideo Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello faces growing pressure to resign
Hundreds of thousands of protesters block you to call the streets Rossello resignation; Jeff Paul reports from San Juan.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo have to give up Rosselló plans, a source Fox News says, after his administration was the target of mass protests for weeks over allegations of corruption and leaked-message scandal.
A source close to Rosselló said that the Governor is set, add to step down in a “quick exit” has been cut to a video already, and to move the wheels in motion, the island-government forward.
“It’s over. Transition well in the course,” said the source.
The office of the Governor, however, maintained Wednesday afternoon that he has “more” in the office and not to leave:
“Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares has not resigned and continues in Puerto Rico. As he said yesterday, he is in a process of reflection and to the people. Whatever decision you make, it will be officially communicated, as usual. Due to the environment of expectation, in the moment, there are false rumors spread, even some media. We affirm that all official communication be shared with the media.”
The public outcry against Rosselló reached fever pitch earlier this month after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, around 900 pages of private messages posted between him and other officials, the misogynistic and homophobic language.
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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 of his homosexuality. The messages also contain jokes about Puerto Rico, the victims of hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017.
Puerto Rico Department of Justice confirmed to Fox News that the search warrants were issued, as officials in the U.S. territory to check whether any criminal or ethical crimes committed in the so-called “chat-gate” controversy.
The news to the public after two former Puerto Rico officials arrested on corruption charges. Prosecutors say former Puerto Rico education Secretary Julia Keleher and former health insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero were involved in illegal his friends lucrative contracts with the government. Rosselló was not indicted.
Thousands of protesters demonstrated outside Rosselló home earlier in the week. Other protests throughout the island in the last few days.
The members of both parties have supported calls for Rosselló leaving office, including Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and the democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro.
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Rosselló had previously declared that he would remain in office and also deal with the prosecution, but would not choice to be again. In a Monday interview with Fox News ‘ Shepard Smith, he illustrated his plans to remain as Governor.
“My efforts and my commitment is to follow through on some of the efforts that I have established for the people of Puerto Rico,” Rosselló. “This includes the establishment, again, a plan I have already in circulation with the members in the White house, so that we can fight this corruption, we are fighting what the government employees do what we do, as representatives of the people, and cooperation with the Federal government.”
Fox News’ Talia Kaplan, Andrew O’reilly, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.