BAD TRADE! GOP Unloads on Biden for Griner Swap, 'Unconscionable' to Leave Marine Behind

posted by Hannity Staff - 12.08.22

Griner goes free —but at what cost?

Prominent conservative voices are speaking up over President Biden’s prisoner swap with Russia; House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) calls the swap “unconscionable” due to the fact that U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan is still imprisoned. Additionally, the Biden Admin gave up notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in the deal.

‘Merchant of Death’—That’s the nickname of the prisoner Biden returned to Putin. He was convicted of conspiring to kill American law enforcement. This is a gift to Vladimir Putin, and it endangers American lives. Leaving Paul Whelan behind for this is unconscionable.”

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert (R) took a shot at Biden’s deal-making prowess.

Benny Johnson tweeted: “Meet Brittney Griner & Marine Paul Whelan. Both Americans. Both were convicted in Russian courts on dubious charges. Both serving multi-year sentences in Russian prison. Brittney hates America Paul served America. Guess which one Biden traded a terrorist to free? Semper fi Paul”

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh said “Brittney Griner broke Russian law. She brought drug paraphernalia into Russia. They didn’t fabricate the charges against her. She did it. She deserved to stay in prison until a deal that serves American interests — and includes Paul Whelan — could be reached.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says that the White House won’t apologize for the swap.

“The president felt a moral obligation to bring Brittney home. There was an opportunity to do that, and it was either Brittney or no one at all, and we are not going to apologize for that,” Jean-Pierre said, adding officials would continue to negotiate the release of U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan.

Breitbart News reported on Bout’s history back in August:

Nicknamed the “’of Death,’ Bout is a flamboyant arms dealer in his mid-50s with Russian military training. He became a billionaire by raiding the armories of the collapsing Soviet Union in the early 90s and using old Soviet cargo planes to transport his black-market weapons to conflict zones around the world.

Bout’s criminal genius has been hailed by every international law enforcement agency that went after him. He was smart enough to mix his weapons shipments with more legitimate cargoes, posturing as a humanitarian who just wanted to sell cheap food to starving Africans. Meanwhile, he was selling guns to every bad actor from al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, to both the Taliban and its enemies in Afghanistan.

Bout was bagged in Thailand in 2008 while trying to sell weapons to Colombian terrorists who were actually CIA agents in disguise. He was not just selling his murderous Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) customers a few pistols — the deal included “800 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), 30,000 AK-47 firearms, 10 million rounds of ammunition, five tons of C-4 plastic explosives, ‘ultralight’ airplanes outfitted with grenade launchers and unmanned aerial vehicles.’

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