Sessions Investigating Obama-Linked Hezbollah Drug-Dealing, Money-Laundering Schemes and Probe

The Justice Department launched a new task force Thursday to investigate alleged drug-trafficking and money-laundering schemes tied to Hezbollah following a damning report that claimed former President Barack Obama’s administration failed to prosecute or advance the probes in order to ink the Iran nuclear deal.

The Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team will focus on “evidence in existing investigations,” as well as Project Cassandra, the department said in a press release. Fox News was first to report the task force’s formation.

The project was initially started in 2008 by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the help of 30 other U.S. and foreign agencies, and reportedly discovered a $1 billion per year operation that included weapons, drug trafficking and money laundering used to fund Hezbollah, according to Politico last month.

The report alleged the Obama administration set up “roadblocks” as the project progressed and how officials at the Justice and Treasury departments denied or mired the investigation that showed drugs also flowing into the United States and around the globe while the Iran-backed terror and political group profited.

“The Justice Department will leave no stone unturned in order to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organizations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

GettyImages-893664968 Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

While pledging resources and proper attention to the probe, Sessions added: “The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organizations as well as disrupt violent international drug trafficking operations.”

Following the damning Politico report, Sessions announced Justice would review Project Cassandra.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan will head up the task force, which includes prosecutors experienced in terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking cases.

Former Obama administration officials pushed back on Politico’s report, asserting the Iran nuclear deal was separate from how the administration dealt with Hezbollah.

“The Obama administration said time and again that the nuclear negotiations with Iran were confined exclusively to that narrow issue,” former National Security Council spokesman Ned Price told The Washington Post last month. “We did not make concessions in other arenas, and we most certainly did not curtail or attempt to influence any active investigations, including by the Drug Enforcement Administration. To the contrary, we aggressively countered Hezbollah’s terrorist plotting and other malign activities before and after the Iran deal came to fruition and while it was being negotiated. ”

Signed in July 2015, the Iran nuclear deal offered to lift crippling economic sanctions previously placed on the Middle East power in exchange for deterring its nuclear weapons programs.

While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump routinely called the deal one of the “worst” he’s ever seen, but he has yet to completely scale it back as originally promised.