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Arms dealer freed in Griner swap ‘didn’t kill Americans’ – ‘His guns could have been used to kill Americans’


On Friday’s broadcast of “The ReidOut” on MSNBC, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said Viktor Bout, the arms dealer who was serving time in prison for agreeing to supply guns to US agents posing as Colombian terrorists to kill Americans, released by the Biden administration in the prisoner exchange to secure the release of Brittney Griner from Russia, is a ‘wicked and evil’ person, but ‘he didn’t kill Americans.” However, Jackson Lee noted that “Bout’s guns could have been used to kill Americans”.

Jackson Lee said: “Let me say this, no one knows the story of Paul – the arms dealer, if you will. And — as the facts would tell, he was sentenced to 25 years, he served 11 to 16 years, I don’t know the — I don’t remember the exact number. But in reality, his weapons could have been used to kill Americans. He didn’t kill Americans. I’m not saying he’s not mean, mean. But I will tell you that I believe Americans should know that their nation’s sovereignty will always be behind them and that they will never be forgotten. Brittney Griner deserved this fight to be highlighted. Just like Paul Whelan.

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