How Honduras Complicates Biden’s Policy Reset in Central America

By Edmund Ruge

The longtime U.S. partner will test the administration’s anti-corruption push.

A U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) investigation of a sitting president would usually come as something of a bombshell. But when news broke on Feb. 8 that federal prosecutors had begun investigating Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernández, it came as more of a formality. Hernández, or JOH, had already been implicated or directly accused of involvement in drug trafficking by U.S. prosecutors in multiple court filings over the last several years — he had just made news for allegedly having said he wanted to “shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos." But while the...

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