Ex-Congressman Rivera (R) paid millions to Venezuelan businessman close to Maduro regime |
Criticized as a hypocrite, former Miami Congressman David Rivera claims his $50 million consulting contract with an oil company owned by Venezuela’s government wasn’t meant to defend embattled President Nicolás Maduro but rather to remove him from power.
However, the Miami Herald has learned that Rivera used some of his income from that contract to pay millions of dollars to a wealthy Venezuelan businessman closely connected to Maduro in an effort to prevent U.S. sanctions against his socialist regime.
Rivera, a Miami Republican known for his anti-communist attacks on Cuba, received $15 million from his 2017 contract with the U.S. subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-run oil company before it cut off the lobbying agreement with his business, Interamerican Consulting, Inc. Towards the end of that year, Rivera diverted about $4 million from his consulting firm to Venezuelan TV mogul Raúl Gorrín, according to several sources familiar with the payments.
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