Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

White House Questions Penn's Role in 'El Chapo' Case

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

White House Questions Penn's Role in 'El Chapo' Case

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WASHINGTON - A senior White House official described as "maddening" Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's boasts about sending illegal narcotics to America, but declined to say Sunday if actor Sean Penn faced legal liability for meeting with the drug kingpin. Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, was asked on several TV talk shows Sunday about Guzman's recapture on Friday and the disclosure that Penn had interviewed him at length in October for a potential film project.

McDonough focused on Guzman's comments about how his cartel has distributed illegal drugs throughout the world.

"I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world, Guzman told Penn, according to the actor's account in Rolling Stone. "I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.

McDonough called the remarks "maddening. …

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