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Puerto Rico judge for search warrants for the embattled Governor and assistants as protests continue

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Puerto Rican official confirmed Tuesday that the search warrants were issued in the investigation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and 11 of his advisors.

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 the criminal committed a legal or ethical crimes committed in the so-called “chat-gate” controversy.

“I can confirm that search warrants have been issued. This is an ongoing investigation and we cannot comment further,” Mariana Cobián, the press Director of the justice Department of Puerto Rico, told Fox News’ Bryan Llenas. Cobián would not say how many warrants were issued or what they were.

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Territorial justice Ministry spokesman Kelvin Carrasco, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the warrants were to be approved, and, overnight, have been issued for those who have not turned on their mobile phones. He has the names of the officials and declined further comment because the investigation is ongoing.

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The guarantees come two days after Rosselló, a Democrat, announced that he is not up for re-election in the midst of allegations of corruption led to widespread protests across the island. The Governor, however, has been the call of protesters for him to resign from his post.refused

Rosselló grub what seemed its heels in the late the Monday after that, it was the largest protest action by the island in almost two decades. He told Fox News that he already apologized and reparations went after the leak of an offensive, obscenity-online-chat among him and his advisers that the trigger for the crisis.

A lot of Puerto Ricans are demanding Rosselló resignation after the leaked, online chats showed him the insult of women and political opponents, as well as a mockery to the victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the island territory.

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Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism released earlier this month almost 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and a number of other officials.

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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.

His official residence was besieged in the subsequent period, as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside of La Fortaleza, the governor’s official residence.

The wave of protests, meeting on the island last Friday, with the union workers marching in the direction of La Fortaleza, the nearby waterfront. Riders and hundreds of people also on the March.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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