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On Sunday, a bombshell report by Politico exposed the Obama administration for placing the investigation into Hezbollah's drug-trafficking on hold so that it could ensure its Iran nuclear deal would successfully proceed. Because of this, thousands of tons of cocaine was sent to the U.S., creating millions of dollars of revenue for Hezbollah.
According to the report, the Obama administration even colluded with Russia to release Ali Fayad, “a suspected top Hezbollah operative,” so that it could continue pursuing the Iran deal. Fayad was captured in 2014 and was indicted for “planning the murders of U.S. government employees,” but nothing was done under President Barack Obama's leadership.
Fayad ended up in Lebanon and continued providing materials to dangerous terrorist groups.
Now, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) is firing back and calling for an investigation into the Obama administration's interference with the investigation into “Hezbollah's illegal drug dealing, money laundering and arms running.”
In a statement, Pittenger said:
Now, it appears in order to secure his deeply flawed Iran Deal, President Obama and his administration shielded the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah from a major US multi-agency investigation targeting Hezbollah’s global criminal operation which included drug dealing, money laundering and arms running.
These revelations are shocking and infuriating.
While American soldiers were bravely fighting ISIS terrorists, with some paying the ultimate price, the Obama administration reportedly was protecting Hezbollah terrorists who were funding themselves by trafficking illegal drugs. No wonder President Obama couldn’t bring himself to call them “Radical Islamist Terrorists.”
This is the same administration that sent $1.7 billion in cash ransom to Iran.
The growing nexus between terrorist organizations and Latin American drug cartels poses a grave threat to our national security, especially considering the porous state of our southern border. Last month, I hosted a forum in Buenos Aires for 220 Members of Parliament and government officials from 15 South American countries with government and private sector experts to address the critical challenge of intercepting drug related funding of terrorism.
The letter, which was sent to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was also provided to Independent Journal Review.
After explaining the severity of the issue at hand, Pittenger stated the following in the letter:
I respectfully request that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
- Investigate this matter with haste;
- Hold hearings on this matter open to the public; and
- Make public any documents that are not classified for national security reasons.
Due to the severity of this matter and my engagement on these issues with our Latin American partners, I am happy to testify in front of your subcommittee to offer any expertise. Thank you again for your consideration.
Pittenger is chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, on which he works to strengthen America's relationship with the Middle East and Europe to combat terrorism. He is also vice chairman of the Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, on which terrorist financing is tracked and cut off.