“This is national security 101: Washington should be hunting down terrorists who fund global violence with domestic drug money.”

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, who in December pressed the Justice, Treasury, and State Departments for answers regarding a POLITICO report on the Obama administration's handling of Hezbollah, praised the Department of Justice’s decision to create a Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT).

“This is national security 101: Washington should be hunting down terrorists who fund global violence with domestic drug money,” said Sasse. “It makes sense for this team to start by going back to Project Cassandra cases and take down Hezbollah’s drug traffickers. As this taskforce starts its work, it’s important for the Justice, State, and Treasury Departments to provide answers about what exactly happened while the Obama Administration pursued the Iran deal.” 

Background

Today, the Justice Department announced the creation of the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT). This DOJ taskforce will coordinate with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to the DOJ, it will begin by assessing the evidence in existing investigations, including cases stemming from Project Cassandra, a law enforcement initiative targeting Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and related operations.  

In December, Sasse wrote to the Justice, Treasury, and State Departments, "If the Obama administration failed to use the authorities that Congress has authorized to stop Hezbollah terrorists and their associates from pouring cocaine onto our streets to fund terrorism and acquire weapons of mass destruction, it was a colossal mistake. If the administration did so in order to shore up its foolish nuclear deal with Iran, it was a mistake of historical proportions, a mistake the consequences of which reach from the battlefields of Syria to the streets of Omaha and Scottsbluff." 

The full text of Sasse's letter is available here.