Jul 20, 2019

Trump says he's offered to vouch for A$AP Rocky's bail in Sweden

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President Trump confirmed in tweets Saturday that he's offered to Sweden's prime minister to "personally vouch" for the bail of rapper A$AP Rocky, after Kim Kardashian West contacted his administration about his detention there.

"Just had a very good call with Swedish PM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative. Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!"

Reality check: Sweden's criminal justice system does not include bail, as AP notes.

What they're saying: Löfven's press secretary Toni Eriksson said in a statement the 2 leaders had a "friendly" conversation and that the prime minister "made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts," per AP.

"He underlined that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."

Go deeper: Kim Kardashian has helped free 17 inmates in the past 3 months

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A$AP Rocky charged with assault by prosecutors in Sweden

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A$AP Rocky has been charged along with 2 others with assault in Sweden and will remain in custody until a trial takes place, prosecutors said Thursday, adding no trial date had been set.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday he phoned Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to vouch for bail for the U.S. rapper after Kim Kardashian West alerted him to A$AP Rocky's detention. However, Sweden's criminal justice system doesn't include bail.

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Swedish judge finds rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault

A$AP Rocky. Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

A Swedish judge found A$AP Rocky guilty of assault Wednesday, but the rapper, who is already back in the U.S., will not face any more prison time, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The allegations against Rocky caught President Trump's attention when he learned about the case through Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West. The president publicly offered to intervene in the matter.

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The cost of bail for immigrants is surging

Data: Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Immigration judges have been issuing more bail bonds over the past several years — and more expensive ones, according to data by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

Why it matters: The higher the bail, the more likely immigrants will remain in crowded ICE detention centers for months before they're even considered for deportation.

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