Government prosecutor revealed that the U-Haul truck driver who rammed the barriers near the White House gate is not a U.S. citizen.
U-Haul Driver is Not a U.S. Citizen
A government prosecutor said that Sai Varshith Kandula, 19 years old, from suburban St. Louis is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in the country. Kandula drove the U-Haul truck that rammed the barriers near the White House gate.
However, the Department of Justice clarified on Wednesday that Kandula does hold a green card for lawful and permanent U.S. residency, according to a published report in Yahoo News. On the other hand, the national origin of Kandula was not mentioned during the pre-trial detention.
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Multiple Charges Kandula Might Face
Diane Shrewsbury, Kandula’s defense lawyer, asked Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather to have her client’s spectacles because he was having trouble seeing. Meriweather granted the request of the defense and made sure to take care of that issue.
NBC News reports that Kandula was ordered held without bail until his next appearance in court on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, Shrewsbury did not give any comments about the case. She said that she just met Kandula minutes before the pre-trial.
Moreover, Kandula will face the following:
- threatening to inflict harm on a president
- vice president or family member
Alonso-Yoder, who teaches law at George Washington University, said that Kandula would not receive any offer or deal to remain in the U.S. He also added, “If he’s convicted of those facts, then it’s most likely a removable charge.”