Ahead of December elections, Haftar agrees to $960,000 to lobby D.C

Ahead of December elections, Haftar agrees to $960,000 to lobby D.C

September 09, 2021 - 17:02
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday that warlord Khalifa Haftar is seeking US support before the December elections in Libya.

Haftar intends to travel to the US to advocate for the December 24, 2021 elections in Libya during meetings with US officials, a document obtained by the newspaper shows.

The newspaper revealed that documents submitted to the US Department of Justice confirm that Haftar has made a $40,000 advance payment to retain the services of a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton Lanny Davis and ex-Republican House lawmaker Robert Livingston to influence the Biden administration and obtain political support.

It indicated that he has agreed to pay around $960,000 over six months, for these services, according to an engagement letter contained in the Justice Department documents.

The newspaper further noted that Lanny Davis and Robert Livingston are to arrange meetings for Haftar between White House, Pentagon, and State Department officials, as well as key members of Congress despite accusations against him by human rights organizations and international prosecutors of war crimes.

It indicated that Haftar is facing several lawsuits in US courts from Libyans accusing his forces of torture, extrajudicial killing, and other war crimes during his military operations in Libya.

Meanwhile, the Livingstone and Davis companies said in a joint statement that their work would be limited to supporting Haftar for free and fair elections under the supervision of the United Nations on December 24, and facilitating the establishment of a peaceful, stable, united, and democratic Libya.

Davis and Livingstone explained that among their priorities is to free Haftar from the designation of the "warlord" that has stuck with him widely over the years since he broke away from the authorities in Tripoli and launched a rogue military campaign in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal.