Reporter Stands by Bombshell Story of Obama Letting Hezbollah Off the Hook
Josh Meyer faced backlash from former Obama aides.
Politico's Josh Meyer is standing by his bombshell report that the Obama administration "shut down" a law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah for fear of jeopardizing the Iran nuclear deal.
“These federal investigators were watching and gathering evidence of Hezbollah sort of transforming itself from a political power and a terrorist organization to one that was trafficking in drugs and other criminal conspiracies to make hundreds of millions of dollars,” Meyer explained on "Fox News @ Night."
It’s hard to overstate the significance of this developing story. https://t.co/e90OBPWvQR
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) December 20, 2017
Meyer explained that a "couple dozen super facilitators" were identified but when investigators "tried to delve deeply into these people, they got shut down."
He said Obama administration officials threw a series of roadblocks in front of the campaign, known as Project Cassandra", which halted efforts to curtail top Hezbollah operatives' criminal activities.
Shannon Bream pointed out that former National Security Counsel spokesman Tommy Vietor said Meyer's sources are "very flawed" and former State Department spokesperson Marie Harf claimed the narrative in Meyer's report is "just false."
There are many reasonable critiques of Obama's foreign policy. The idea that he was soft on Hezbollah is not one of them. The story is so manufactured out of thin air that it's hard to push back except to say that it's a figment of the imagination of two very flawed sources.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 20, 2017
"There's no evidence in this story to back up their allegations," Harf said on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "They quote a couple of low-level, ideological sources who clearly don't like the Iran deal."
Meyer said he's a fan of Harf, but he said her claim that the people he spoke to were "low-level" is "sort of ridiculous."
"These were the people that led this task force. They were not ideologues. They are not flawed. I don’t know what she’s talking about,” Meyer said.
He added that he spoke to "many, many dozens" of people and read thousands of documents to see if the allegations held up in the light of day.
"So this is not a story in 14,000 words where I was just taking some spin from some people," Meyer said. "I spent months of meticulous reporting to document what was happening, talking to people outside of the administration. So I challenge people to let me know what the specifics are that they think aren't true."
Watch the full interview above.