DoJ Drops Charges Against Arms Dealer Who Links Clinton to Libyan Weapons Sales
The Department of Justice will drop charges against American arms merchant Marc Turi, who is accused of selling arms illegally to Libyan rebels and lying to the State Department in official applications.
But Turi is claiming that the real reason the DoJ is not going to pursue the case any further is that it would expose administration efforts to circumvent the law and arm Libyan rebels. It is alleged that some of those arms ended up in the hands of terrorists -- which, if true, would almost certainly sink the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
Turi says that he was under the impression that his arms dealing was sanctioned by the U.S. government. The deals involved Turi brokering the shipping of arms to other countries like Qatar and UAE, which would then send the arms on to the rebels trying to overthrow Qaddafi. Unfortunately, neither country cared very much who got the arms as long as they were anti-Qaddafi. Some of the weapons almost certainly ended up in the hands of Syrian extremists.
As Turi told Fox News last July:
"When this equipment landed in Libya, half went one way, and the half went the other way," Turi said in an interview broadcast on Fox Business Channel. "The half that went the other way is the half that ended up in Syria."
Turi is backed up in his story by an 18-year career intelligence officer David Manners. Manners confirms that Turi believed he was operating with the approval of the U.S. government:
In a sworn declaration to the District Court of Arizona May 5th 2015, a career CIA officer David Manners said, "It was then, and remains now, my opinion that the United States did participate, directly or indirectly, in the supply of weapons to the Libyan Transitional National Council." The timing matters because in the Spring of 2011 the Libyan opposition was not formally recognized, and the direct supply of arms was not authorized. At that time, the CIA Director was David Petraeus.
Manners’ declaration supports statements made exclusively to FOX News by Turi about what President Obama's team and members of Congress knew about weapons flowing into the region during the chaotic Arab Spring of 2011.
Turi says he never sold any arms to Qatar. That was the job of key Clinton aide Andrew Shapiro, who headed up the State Department export-control process. He was the quintessential middle man -- a facilitator who had a reputation for getting the job done.