Brittney Griner swap for Russia 'Merchant of Death' is trading an 'elephant for a fly': Ex-FBI official
Chris Swecker on Brittney Griner trade: Biden traded an ‘elephant for a fly’
Former assistant FBI director Chris Swecker reacts to the breaking news that WNBA star Brittney Griner is returning home to the U.S. on ‘Mornings with Maria.’
President Biden announced Thursday that WNBA star Brittney Griner will be released from Russian imprisonment after a grueling 9-month waiting period, but the opportunity did not come at an easy cost.
Russia agreed to release Griner, but only if the U.S. would exchange her for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer nicknamed the "Merchant of Death" who has been serving a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S. on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles, and provide material support to a terrorist organization.
"You would be hard put to find a person who has more blood on his hands than Victor Bout. Selling arms all around the world, prolific arms dealer… only Vladimir Putin probably has more evil and blood on his hands than this man," former assistant FBI director Chris Swecker told FOX Business Thursday.