A group of House Democrats, led by Congress' top cheerleaders for embracing Castro's regime, have sent a letter to President Obama asking him to rescind sanctions against corrupt Venezuelan officials and human rights violators.
In other words, they believe the U.S. should turn a blind-eye to human rights abuses, as well as corrupt and illegal activities, by Venezuelan officials.
Signatories include U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Jose Serrano (NY), Sam Farr (CA), Karen Bass (CA), Charlie Rangel (NY) and Bobby Rush (IL).
They argue that even targeted sanctions "hinder dialogue" and "undermine regional diplomacy."
Ironically, the Congressional letter "coincided" with the revelation of U.S. federal investigations against Venezuelan government officials for cocaine trafficking and money laundering.
Needless to say, there are many reasons to question the intentions of these Members of Congress and the policies they promote towards Cuba and Venezuela.
Yet, the Obama Administration has endorsed their Cuba policy -- and judging by the current "not-so-secret" (anymore) negotiations with the Maduro regime -- will likely follow suit on Venezuela.
From The Wall Street Journal:
Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub
U.S. prosecutors are investigating several high-ranking Venezuelan officials, including the president of the country’s congress, on suspicion that they have turned the country into a global hub for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to more than a dozen people familiar with the probes.
An elite unit of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington and federal prosecutors in New York and Miami are building cases using evidence provided by former cocaine traffickers, informants who were once close to top Venezuelan officials and defectors from the Venezuelan military, these people say.
A leading target, according to a Justice Department official and other American authorities, is National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, considered the country’s second most-powerful man.
“There is extensive evidence to justify that he is one of the heads, if not the head, of the cartel,” said the Justice Department official, speaking of a group of military officers and top officials suspected of being involved in the drug trade. “He certainly is a main target.”
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