Venezuela's Diosdado Cabellos challenges drug trafficking allegations
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Venezuela's Diosdado Cabellos challenges drug trafficking allegations

The powerful leader of Venezuela’s congress is fiercely denying any involvement in the drug trade.

National Assembly chief Diosdado Cabello said Tuesday that he would never do anything that could hurt the country’s young people.

His denial comes a day after The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials are investigating Diosdado and other members of Venezuela’s administration. That story built on reports from earlier this year that Cabello’s bodyguard had defected to the U.S. and was fingering his former boss as the head of a drug ring of political and military officials.

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Cabello is now suing several of the news outlets that published reports about the bodyguard’s claims.

Speaking before the National Assembly on Tuesday, Cabello challenged those who accuse him to present evidence.

Associated Press