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Obama Admin. Accused of Impeding Hezbollah Investigation

by Countable | 12.19.17

What’s the story?

According to a report in Politico, the Obama administration intentionally thwarted a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation into Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. DEA agents claim the White House cut support for the investigation – known as Project Cassandra – in order to help secure the Iran nuclear deal.

A former CIA officer told Politico:

"During the negotiations, early on, [the Iranians] said listen, we need you to lay off Hezbollah, to tamp down the pressure on them, and the Obama administration acquiesced to that request. It was a strategic decision to show good faith toward the Iranians in terms of reaching an agreement."

What are people saying?

Officials from the Obama administration are denying the accusations.

"There's no evidence in this story to back up their allegations," former State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told Fox News. "They quote a couple of low level ideological sources who clearly don't like the Iran deal, but everything I know just doesn’t back up this narrative."

But Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee on Monday, asking for a congressional investigation.

"These revelations are shocking and infuriating," Pittenger said in a statement to Fox News. "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."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out similar sentiments:

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  • mhalmes
    12/19/2017
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    They didn’t care enough to look into the allegations against Clinton, so I have little faith that they will look into Obama’s corrupt ties.

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  • Karan
    12/20/2017
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    You idiots calling it a FOX news lie! This is from POLITICO!!! Your guys head is shoved so far up Obama that you call the report that he stopped investigations into Hezbollah just to get his stupid Iran deal false! The DEA and CIA is saying this you idiots!!! Not FOX News! This isn’t right wing conspiracy.

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  • Mark
    12/20/2017
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    The GOP is very upset about a three year investigation into Benghazi that went nowhere, and an Iran Nuclear deal. Where was their outrage when the president refused to denounce Nazis, when he disparaged gold star families and fallen soldiers? Where was the outrage when the president disparaged our intelligence community, the FBI and honorable men such as James Comey and Robert Mueller? Where was the outrage when our president admitted to the Russian ambassador that he obstructed justice by firing James Comey? Where was the outrage when it was proven that a hostile foreign power sought to influence the election? Where was the outrage when our president attempted to undermine our justice system by disparaging the courts when he had a temper tantrum over his Muslim ban? Where was the outrage when our president supported a pedophile for the senate? Where was the outrage when the president boasted about sexually assaulting women, or when he was accused of sexually assaulting numerous women? Where was the outrage when the presidents campaign manager, national security advisor and foreign policy advisor were charged with crimes by the FBI? Where was the outrage when the president refused to release his tax returns? This is whataboutism, and it is a distraction tactic. At this time the president of the United States has obstructed justice and may be party to financial crimes and treason. The GOP has definitively demonstrated that none of his crimes, indiscretions, immorality or incompetence matter, what matters to them is that they pass their tax cut on the very wealthy at the expense of working class Americans and our national debt.

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  • Truly
    12/20/2017
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    And the deflection machine gets turned up to 11. Ignore the rape, assault, theft, collusion, treason, RICO corruption, etc., ad nauseum. Will Trump ever pay for his actual crimes? Or will the right wingers keep trying to blame others in hope their problems will just magically go away. Or swept under the rug through more criminal actions.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/20/2017
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    This stuff happens all the time. In Oswego county New York a woman named Heidi Allen went missing in the early 1990s. The corrupt district attorney Greg Oaks, withheld evidence that could have lead to the arrest of the kidnapers and probable murderers, but chose instead to protect the murderers because they were involved in a high profile drug investigation.

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  • M
    12/20/2017
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    Another one of the Trump administration's"Nothing to see here folks. Look over there at Clinton and Obama." tactics.

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  • Sheryl
    12/20/2017
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    Deflect, deflect, deflect! Every time dirt comes up about Trump, his administration or the Republican Congress they start a disinformation campaign. Not only did they collude with the Russians, they took lessons from them on propaganda

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  • HockeyGuy
    12/20/2017
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    Another sleazy accusation out of the Fox (ass)holes!!!!! Obama did this and Obama did that, on and on! You Wackos are too stupid and blind with hate to see through the lies and bullshit promoted by your fellow Republicans!!!

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  • Gerald
    12/20/2017
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    I don’t care if the accusations are true and they sound pretty unfounded even if by Politico. It will be sadly part of the right wing machine demanding hearings and calling for a special prosecutor. McKesson pumped more opioids into American bloodstreams than oversea drugs. I doubt there was any quid pro quo with the deal with Iran. Wake me up when the fox herd stops mooing about this.

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  • Donna
    12/19/2017
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    Based on the partisan bias of several members of this committee, I don't trust them to conduct a fair investigation. All Congressional hearings in the last 5 months have turned into partisan attacks with no sincere interest in getting to the bottom of anything. Members of Congress act like a bunch of bullies in front of cameras thinking this raises their stature. It does not. It just proves how broken and divided our system is. Also have to wonder if this is a pretense to back out of the Iran deal, something we all know trump wants. His allies will support anything he wants regardless of the consequences.

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  • Beth
    12/20/2017
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    Move on. Today we have an administration lacking any decency. It’s time to look after people in the present and let go of your obsession with the past.

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  • Dave
    12/20/2017
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    First of all this fake news out of Fox opinion news and Fox and opinion friends. You can't believe anything coming from any fox company. If you ever notice their disclaimer is we are not journalists and it the opinion of this station. That way they can say any fault statements they want. Second this is the art of the deal, it call negotiations, give and take, not bullying, not threatening, not screwing over, not forcing, because wars start this way and no one wins, everyone looses. There is more to it then what been presented.

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  • Terry
    12/20/2017
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    Duh...just add it to the ever increasing list of contemptible things he and his liberal socialists cohorts have done to destroy America.

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  • Walter
    12/20/2017
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    Iran, Hezbollah, and the American Left: that’s the REAL COLLUSION scandal!

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  • Catherine
    12/20/2017
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    Read the Politico story it’s just incredible! Yet again the Bush administration is let off the hook, they didn’t do anything about the supposed situation. Now the Obama administration let these drug trafficking terrorists, etc. off the hook for the Iran nuclear deal? Wow crazy! And of course Russia is right in the middle of it all.

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  • Lisa
    12/21/2017
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    Hang on folks, you’re not going to believe what’s going to be exposed in the near future with the Obama administration. It’s a shame what they did to our country for eight years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a few of them subpoenaed to testify, And hopefully jailed.

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  • Brent
    12/19/2017
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    The Obama Administration did many questionable things, and I’m not surprised that they haunted project Cassandra. The project should be relaunched. It’s a great way to derail ISIS. They need not conduct such investigation; it won’t turn up anything. The past is passed.

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  • Christopher
    12/20/2017
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    I don’t see the point in holding hearings when a president is no longer in office.

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  • Eric
    12/19/2017
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    Of course, if true, this would be disappointing to learn. I will look forward to hearing more about how this story unfolds, and I’ll accept what is actually found out about it - not just accusations by Fox News that keep turning out to be patently irresponsible if not totally false (no a coup is not happening for example). However, unfortunately, there is a constant bullshit machine run by GOP extremists and, even more unfortunately this White House has bought into it. I will remain skeptical like I do with all extreme accusations. Look for resolution of this issue...my prediction is that it will turn out to be another nothing burger from the bs machine, and meanwhile we won’t be focusing on the many indictments and guilty pleas among Trump associates. Also pretty wild, eh? Perhaps the real Republicans (not extremists) will stand up soon, your party is losing it, we do actually need you for a functioning democracy. ~A Democrat

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  • ManfromNebraska
    12/20/2017
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    Investigate the Cassandra case being shut down. Allowing terrorists groups freedom to kill and giving Iran a flawed deal needs to be resolved.

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