Justice Dept Drops Charges Against Arms Dealer Who Threatened to Embarrass Clinton

Charges Related to US Scheme Arming Libyan Rebels in 2011

In a move that’s only going to add to speculation about the political underpinnings, the Justice Department has withdrawn charges against arms dealer Marc Turi, who had previously been indicated for arms deals exporting US weapons to Libya during the 2011 rebellion.

This became a major issue because, when Turi was charged, he and his company claimed that President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew about and supported the weapons exports as part of their efforts at regime change.Turi further warned that the trial would end up embarrassing both Obama and Clinton.

All indications are that’s exactly what ended the case, with officials saying that “discovery rulings” by the judge, which meant a lot more details about the case would wind up going public, fueled their decision to drop the case outright. The motion adds that there is a “confidential agreement” which will be reached with Turi instead of the trial. The State Department confirmed the deal.

Turi’s adviser claimed the administration spent millions of dollars trying to destroy him with an eye toward protecting Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the presidential election. Turi is said to be considering book and movie deals relating to his story.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.