The corruption in Venezuela is finally being recognized by our own Justice Department.
On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr announced the indictment of Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro — as well as more than a dozen other high-ranking officials in the Venezuelan government — on drug trafficking charges, The New York Times reported.
Far too long
The overwhelming theme of Barr’s announcement was that the behavior of Maduro has been going unchecked for far too long.
“For more than 20 years, Maduro and several high-ranking colleagues allegedly conspired with the FARC, causing tons of cocaine to enter and devastate American communities,” Barr said, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
He went on: “Today’s announcement is focused on rooting out the extensive corruption within the Venezuelan government – a system constructed and controlled to enrich those at the highest levels of the government.
“The United States will not allow these corrupt Venezuelan officials to use the U.S. banking system to move their illicit proceeds from South America nor further their criminal schemes,” Barr declared.
Will he be brought to justice?
At the heart of the indictment is the allegation that for more than a decade, Maduro has been a part of a group that has been flooding our country with cocaine.
The indictment, realistically, is a bargaining chip to remove Maduro from power. Unless he leaves Venezuela, these charges will never come to fruition.
However, this also means that in all likelihood, Maduro can never leave his country again without worrying about being arrested.
In fact, according to the report by The Blaze, the United States is now offering a $15 million reward for information that leads to Maduro’s arrest and/or conviction.
The thought process of our government may be that by putting pressure on him with this indictment, Maduro will make a deal to turn over power in exchange for his freedom and the assurance he will not be prosecuted here in the States if he leaves Venezuela.
This indictment comes after a lengthy investigation that actually wrapped up several weeks ago. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing requirements, Barr delayed the announcement to ensure his press conference would meet all the new standards.