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Pro-gun control White House traded world’s biggest arms dealer to war-torn Russia: former DEA director

Former DEA Director of Special Operations Derek Maltz, who was involved in the capture of Viktor Bout, has slammed the White House for their ‘tongue-in-cheek’ prisoner swap, arguing it’s ‘disgusting’ for the Biden administration to tout gun control but also to celebrate the liberation of the world. biggest gun smuggler in Putin’s arsenal.

The announcement of the controversial trade came on Thursday, and hours later WNBA star Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout were boarding their respective planes back to their home countries.


“Putin has just introduced a new tool for corrupt leaders around the world that can hold Americans hostage because they know it, and they will take advantage of our weak policies in America. We are soft on criminals, and we’re not supporting global security issues. And law enforcement gets sidelined,” Maltz said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

BANGKOK, THAILAND – July 28: Viktor Bout sits inside a detention cell at Bangkok Supreme Court on July 28, 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images)

The former DEA director of special operations attacked what he saw as a hypocritical narrative behind the Griner-Bout trade, arguing that White House policies do not precisely align with the political views they support so strongly.

“The Biden administration is pro-gun control every time there’s a shooting. Gun control. Gun control. Now we just released the biggest trafficker I’ve ever heard of in the world in Russia in the middle of a war where they’re killing all these innocent people in Ukraine. How ironic and how disgusting?” Waltz argued.

Maltz discussed the complex DEA operation that was designed to capture Bout — a plan backed by the Obama administration, including former Vice President Biden. Maltz claimed he had never seen such tremendous work in the White House, a game-winning feat that the former DEA agent considers completely washed away.


“I am very proud of the efforts of the DEA because the DEA is an agency responsible for investigating drug trafficking. In this case, we are helping the National Security Council, the government and the country to pursue this threat. [from Bout], which is responsible for the death of thousands of lives. It fueled brutal wars and conflicts around the world,” the former DEA director said on Saturday.

“What’s really ironic is that Joe Biden was the vice president. So he was fully briefed by all of these people that we met in the White House and throughout the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, from the intelligence community. And he should have known what a threat to the world Viktor Bout was,” Maltz continued.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted out of a courtroom following her final words, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday August 4, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted out of a courtroom following her final words, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday August 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Maltz argued that this decision by the Biden administration exposed new dangers for the United States: “It shows the world another weakness of the United States of America, which makes me very sad because I am in this battle for many years and I love this country, and it’s very sad to see this happen.” Maltz concluded.


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