Two members of the House Freedom Caucus fired off a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jefferson B. “Jeff” Session III requesting the details regarding President Barack Obama’s obstruction of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigations into Hezbollah drug trading in order to preserve his diplomatic rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Hezbollah is a brutal terrorist group and it would be unconscionable for American policy to deliberately empower such a nefarious organization,” Rep. Ronald D. DeSantis (R.-Fla.), the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommitteee on National Security.
“Allegations that the Obama administration purposefully undermined law enforcement efforts against Hezbollah in order to save the disastrous Iran Deal need to be swiftly and fully investigated by Congress,” said DeSantis, a drilling Navy Reserve lawyer and a graduate of the Yale University Law School.
Rep. James D. Jordan (R.-Ohio), the founding chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said, “The allegations that Obama’s DOJ possibly halted the wheels of justice for the sake of an illegal deal cementing his political legacy is both unnerving and unacceptable. We need answers.”
The letter comes on the heels of the outrage on Capitol Hill at the latest piece of evidence of how the Obama administration placed its fledging alliance with Iran above all other considerations and national priorities.
The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.
Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.
They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa and on to Europe and the Middle East, and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa. And with the help of some key cooperating witnesses, the agents traced the conspiracy, they believed, to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.
Eventually, DEA investigators would develop a dossier on Hezbollah that would include its money laundering operations through a massive used car operation in Africa and the tracked movements of Hezbollah agents conducting site inspections of military, national security and significant private targets inside the United States, Meyer reported.
Armed with this dossier, DEA official requested that the administration designate Hezbollah as a Transnational Criminal Organization, such as Brothers’ Circle, the Yamaguchi-gumi Syndicate and MS-13, but Meyer reported that the Obama administration shuffled the request through the bureaucracy, so that it was never approved.
More critically, Meyer quoted sources that detailed how the DEA leadership deliberately went public with its investigation with the public message that the Obama administration was getting tough on Hezbollah, but with practical effect ending the inquest and alerting Hezbollah to the undercover investigation and its vulnerabilities.
“Turf battles, especially the institutional conflict between law enforcement and intelligence agencies, contributed to the demise of Project Cassandra,” he told Meyer. “But many Project Cassandra agents insist the main reason was a political choice to prioritize the Iranian nuclear agreement over efforts to crack down on Hezbollah.”
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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