The U.S. Senator for the State of Florida, Rick Scott, assured through a letter that Nicolas Maduro’s regime continues to commit genocide against the Venezuelan people.
Scott, who also served as Florida’s governor from 2011 to 2019, criticized the law firm Foley & Lardner after it became known that it agreed to provide lobbying services for the dictatorship.
“I have learned that your firm was hired by Inspector General Reinaldo Munoz, the highest-ranking lawyer of the brutal Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela. This news is surprising, considering the outright genocide Maduro is committing against his citizens. He is a thug and a dictator who is killing children and starving the population. No company in the United States should have contact with Maduro’s government, let alone receive money to lobby on his behalf,” reads the opening paragraph of the letter.
It was known that Muñoz has spent 12.5 million dollars with the aim of easing US sanctions against the regime and thus reestablishing bilateral relations with Donald Trump’s administration. According to documents published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Muñoz hired Robert Stryk, from the firm Sonoran Policy Group, as part of a broader agreement with Foley & Lardner.
Scott remarked in the letter that “the United States has taken drastic action to remove Maduro, but more must be done to achieve freedom for the people of Venezuela”. “I was frankly disgusted to learn that your firm has decided not to support this fight and to side with Maduro instead,” he added.
“As long as you represent a dangerous dictator who is against all the bases on which our country was founded, I refuse to meet with anyone from your firm, or who has professional ties to it, no matter who you represent. And I am urging all my colleagues to do the same,” he said.