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Libyan warlord wants to improve his rep in U.S. Congress

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 6, 2017

The Libyan family of a former CIA asset and alleged war criminal is now paying $120,000 for a better image in the U.S. Congress, according to a new Department of Justice disclosure.

Khaled Hifter, son of Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Hifter, began the family's contract with Grassroots Political Consulting last week. GPC will "advocate [for] the political and strategic interests of the Hifter family in the U.S. Congress," potentially including congressional testimony and briefings, "to provide a clean narrative of the Hifter family," according to a filing.

Khalifa Hifter, a duel U.S.-Libyan citizen, was reportedly involved in an unsuccessful CIA plan to overthrow Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, as well as the successful 2011 uprising against him. Hifter, who spent two decades living in Virginia suburbs of Washington before returning to his home country, is accused of multiple war crimes, including extrajudicial killings and unlawful land sieges. A Libyan human-rights activist reportedly met with U.S. officials to request an investigation into his alleged crimes in October, two months after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest against him.