Inquiry Launched: Did Obama Give Hezbollah a Pass?

Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon
Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions ordered an investigation of law enforcement agencies after the release of a shocking report last week said the Obama administration squelched U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigations and arrests of Hezbollah agents to pave the way for his legacy nuclear deal with Iran.

The report, “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook” published in Politico, alleged:

“In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States.

“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 …

“When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.

“And the State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.”

In a written statement, Sessions said, “While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last administration to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this is a significant issue for the protection of Americans. We will review these matters and give full support to investigations of violent drug trafficking organizations.”

 

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