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Police look on as Haitian citizens gather in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tabarre, Haiti, on Saturday. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

The Department of Justice said Monday it will assist in the Haiti police investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and examine whether "there were any violations of U.S. criminal law" concerning the case.

Why it matters: Since Haiti's government requested American assistance in the investigation, three Haitian-born suspects with U.S. ties have been arrested — including the Florida-based Christian Emmanuel Sanon, whom police allege is a key suspect who wanted to become president of Haiti.

Details: DOJ officials will work alongside U.S. government partners to assist in the investigation, according to a statement from spokesperson Anthony Coley.

  • "An initial assessment has been conducted in Haiti by senior U.S. officials," Coley said. "The department will continue to support the Haitian government in its review of the facts and circumstances surrounding this heinous attack."

The big picture: Senior officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security arrived in Haiti on Sunday.

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Jul 12, 2021 - World

U.S. sends delegation to Haiti after president's assassination

Police directing people who gathered outside of a police station in Port au Prince on July 8. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. delegation traveled to Haiti on Sunday to meet with the country's acting prime minister and national police force amid unrest following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The visit came after Haitian authorities requested troops from the U.S. to help stabilize the country and protect its critical infrastructure. The Pentagon has not yet made a decision, but spokesperson John Kirby said Sunday the U.S. is "analyzing" the request.

Jul 12, 2021 - World

Haiti police arrest key assassination suspect with ties to Florida

Léon Charles, Haiti's national police chief, in Port-au-Prince last November. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl /AFP via Getty Images

Police in Haiti said Sunday they've arrested a key suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The suspect allegedly recruited "Colombian mercenaries" to conduct the operation.

Driving the news: Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, who's worked as a doctor in Florida, is the "third Haitian-born suspect with U.S. ties to be arrested" over the July 7 killing, the New York Times notes.

Updated Jul 11, 2021 - World

U.S. "analyzing" Haiti's request to send troops

Haitian citizens argue with police as they gather in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tabarre, Haiti on July 10, asking for asylum. Photo: VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP via Getty Images

The Defense Department is "analyzing" a request by Haitian authorities to send troops to assist in stabilizing the country and protect critical infrastructure following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

The latest: No decision has been made, Kirby said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "We're analyzing it, just like we would any other request for assistance here at the Pentagon. It's going through a review."

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