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U.S. Senate confirms ex-Chicago Mayor Emanuel to be ambassador to Japan -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Rahm Emmanuel is the ex-Mayor of Chicago who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Ambassador to Japan for President Joe Biden. He spoke to Reuters during an interview after participating in the C40 Mayors Summit, held at a Mexic Hotel.

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate confirmed Rahm Emanuel’s nomination for President Joe Biden to serve as ambassador to Japan. This was despite concerns about Rahm Emanuel’s involvement in the killing of a Black teenage girl by a Chicago police officer while Emanuel served as mayor.

Emanuel was voted into the Senate by 48-21 votes in middle-of-the night session. Biden and three other Democrats voted against him.

Emanuel, a former member of Congress, was once the White House chief of staff.

His long track record of public service in Tokyo was a reason why he was supported by his supporters. At a time where Washington is seeking Asian allies like Japan, it’s looking for ways to combat a growing China.

Emanuel’s handling of Laquan McDonald’s shooting, seven years earlier, was a matter of concern to many detractors. He died shortly after Jason Van Dyke shot his gun multiple times.

It was criticised that the then-Mayor Emanuel handled the case poorly, particularly because the video of the shooting wasn’t released for over a year.

Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder, and sentenced to seven years in prison. Four Chicago officers were also fired after McDonald’s’ (NYSE:) deaths. This incident highlighted tensions within America’s third largest city.

Biden in August nominated Emanuel. Emanuel told his October confirmation hearing that he still thinks of McDonald’s each day. He also said that as mayor, he would be responsible and accountable.

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