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ICYMI: Rep. María Elvira Salazar Delivers Floor Speech Regarding the Extradition of Alex Saab

October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar (FL-27) delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the extradition of Maduro henchman Alex Saab.

A video of Rep. Salazar’s remarks can be found here.  

You can read the full speech as delivered below:


"For those who enable murderous dictators, the United States justice system will find you in this life or the next. 

This is the perfect example:

Alex Saab, the plunderer of Venezuela. Justice for his crimes against humanity should be swift and without mercy.


Because over the weekend we learned that Saab will finally be extradited to the United States.

He tried to claim diplomatic immunity, but he is not a diplomat.

He is not a politician.

He’s just another thug of the Venezuelan regime. 

Saab was Maduro’s leading front man and his number one money launderer.

He is a drug trafficker who is responsible for flooding American streets with cocaine. 

He helped finance the worst crimes and the most appalling human rights abuses committed by the Maduro regime in Venezuela in the last 15 years. 

So it is no surprise that Maduro, the dictator, has pulled out all the stops to try to prevent his extradition to the United States. 

But he could not.

Earlier this week, six American executives in Venezuela — known as the CITGO 6 — were sent back to a cruel political prison for no reason. 

The regime arrested these men on bogus charges in 2020 and placed them on house arrest.

Now, with no explanation, Maduro has condemned these innocent American executives to rot in a Venezuelan prison. 


Just one reason — retaliation. 

Because Maduro does not like this picture.

This is a classic tactic of tyrants. If Maduro thinks he can make a prisoner exchange, he needs to wake up and realize that the United States does not deal with dictators.

The CITGO 6 — six American executives — need to be released now, unconditionally.

Maduro, right now, is panicking, because his top confidant will soon be facing trial in an American court of law. And he will say many things that Maduro does not want us to hear.

Today, the victims of the Maduro regime in Venezuela will finally have some justice, but we as a nation cannot stop until Venezuela is free of this satanic nightmare called the Maduro regime."