Dick Durbin

Durbin visits Venezuela to discuss release of Utah man held for nearly 2 years

Durbin visits Venezuela to discuss release of Utah man held for nearly 2 years

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois traveled to Venezuela on Wednesday as pressure mounted on President Nicolas Maduro to hand over a Utah man jailed in the turbulent South American country for nearly two years.

Durbin was to meet with members of the government and opposition, a spokesman for his office said. He didn't provide further details.

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat is also expected to meet with Maduro to discuss the imprisonment of Joshua Holt, who is being held in a Caracas prison along with several top government opponents awaiting a trial on what the U.S. has called trumped-up weapons charges.

The rare visit comes as the Trump administration weighs an embargo on...

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