In response to the prisoner swap that freed former professional basketball player Brittany Griner from Russia, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden.
She stated that Biden should be impeached due to his actions. In exchange for the release of Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, the US President brought a professional basketball player home.
Another reason to impeach Biden.
The President of the United States traded Russian terrorist arms dealer, Viktor Bout, left a U.S. Marine in Russian jail, and brought home a professional basketball player.
How many people will Viktor Bout now kill bc Biden set him free?
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) December 8, 2022
Viktor Bout, the former Soviet officer known as the "Merchant of Death", was convicted in 2011 for various charges, including conspiracy to provide support to a designated terrorist organization. He was eventually sentenced to spend 26 years in prison.
Similar to other Republican members of Congress, she criticized the release of Brittany Griner, who was a professional basketball player, due to the country's actions in detaining US nationals. Among the individuals who have been detained by Russia are Paul Newman, a former US Marine, and Marc Fogel, a teacher.
Paul Whelan was a former US Marine who was working in the corporate security division of a company when he was arrested in Russia in 2018. He was accused of espionage. The US government and intelligence agencies have denied the allegations.
Officials indicated that the Russians did not want to release additional prisoners in exchange for the release of the American. At a press conference, Biden stated that the situation with Paul was different from that of Brittany. He noted that the US would continue to negotiate for the release of Paul.
In announcing Brittney Griner’s release, President Biden said the U.S. has “not forgotten about Paul Whelan” and will “never give up” trying to secure his release from Russia. The corporate security executive has been jailed in Russia since December 2018. https://t.co/H0w8BNHNJZ pic.twitter.com/68ReMNconb
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 8, 2022
On Truth Social, Donald Trump called the prisoner swap between the US and Russia a "stupid" act that embarrassed the country.
Former President Trump calls the prisoner swap that secured Griner’s release “a ‘stupid’ and unpatriotic embarrassment for the USA” pic.twitter.com/PKHU2tY7q2
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) December 8, 2022