Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, recently had criminal charges filed against him for alleged abuses of office. This moment was a long time in coming, but many of his friends in the U.S. Senate, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and James Risch (R-Ida.) are still in denial. As an American who experienced the dark side of the Saakashvili regime first hand, I am ashamed that our senators continue to support him.
These four senators publicly criticized the Georgian government – a democratic U.S. ally whose troops serve shoulder to shoulder with our troops around the world – for investigating Saakashvili, despite calls from the State Department to let the investigation proceed.