Treasury sanctions Venezuelan government officials for corruption
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The Treasury Department issued sanctions against four Venezuelan military officials on Friday for "corruption and repression."

“President Maduro and his inner circle continue to put their own interests above those of the Venezuelan people,” Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinBiden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE said in a statement. “This action underscores the United States’ resolve to hold Maduro and others engaged in corruption in Venezuela accountable." 

The sanctions targeted Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torres, Francisco Jose Rangel Gomez, Fabio Enrique Zavarse Pabon and Gerardo Jose Izquierdo Torres, all current or former generals connected to corruption schemes or acts of political repression. 

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The department froze the government officials' financial assets tied to the U.S., banning Americans from doing business dealings with them. 

One official is said to be linked to the violent repression of Venezuelan protesters, who have demanded free elections and government reform in response to President Nicolás Maduro's ban on opposition political parties. 

"We call on concerned parties and international partners around the world to join us as we stand with the Venezuelan people to further isolate this oppressive regime," Mnuchin said.