“We are not into regime change… Period”

In one one-on-one interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Vice President Kamala Harris said the Biden administration is not seeking to remove Vladimir Putin from the presidency of Russia. “Let me be very clear,” Harris said. “We are not in a regime change. And it’s not our policy. Period.”

Vice President’s remarks follow President Biden’s speech a week ago in Poland, where he said “for the love of God, this man can’t stay in power”. Asked about it, Harris said America’s goal was to support the Ukrainian people, “but also to ensure that there will be serious consequences for Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression.”

Harris said the United States would ensure “there will be real costs to impose on Russia in the form of severe sanctions, which we know have real impact and immediate impact, not to mention the longer term impact, which is about saying there will be consequences and responsibilities when you commit the kind of atrocities that he does.

In the interview, which aired on MSNBC The Reidout On Friday evening, the vice president was asked about the ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which Harris said is expected to include the actions of elected officials who may have supported the insurgency. “As far as elected leaders are concerned, to the extent that they were complicit in a crime, of course there should be some sort of response to that. But there should also be, I think, an ongoing discussion that what happened on January 6 was a concerted attempt to undermine the integrity of our electoral system, to suggest that it was somehow lacking it is of legitimacy.

Harris added that “I might tell you as a plan of distinction between our administration and the previous administration. We do not interfere with or attempt to influence the investigative and prosecutorial decisions of the Department of Justice.

Asked about the interrogation of President Biden‘s choice for the Supreme Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson endured, Harris said:

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