01.24.19

Schiff Statement on Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on Venezuela:

“Nicolas Maduro’s disastrous and dictatorial rule has devastated the economy and society of Venezuela. Without hope for change through the ballot box following an election that lacked legitimacy, the people of Venezuela are voting with their feet, fleeing the nation in the millions. Recognizing the leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the rightful leader of Venezuela, as have a number of our Latin American partners, Canada and the Organization of American States, is an appropriate step to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people.

“The Administration should continue to work with other nations in the region towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis, and take every precaution to safeguard our diplomatic personnel. We must also remember that America’s support for democracy and human rights must apply universally if it is to be credible.”