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Top WH official deflects criticism for releasing Viktor Bout using mind-boggling justification: 'He was going to get out'

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John Kirby, a top White House adviser, downplayed on Sunday criticism related to President Joe Biden's decision to release Viktor "Merchant of Death" Bout for WNBA star Brittney Griner.

The prisoner swap triggered fierce criticism because it resulted in Bout's release while leaving Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, rotting in a Russian penal colony over a fraudulent espionage conviction.

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