NY Attorney For Russian Arms Dealer Viktor Bout Is Confident About Brittney Griner Prisoner Swap, Calls It A 'Fair Trade'

The lawyer for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout said Monday he was “confident” the U.S. and Russia will work out a deal to swap his client for WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan and that it would be a fair trade.

Steve Zissou, Bout’s New York-based lawyer attorney also does not appreciate the nickname his client has been carrying around for years: “Merchant of Death.”  

Although Zissou told CNN that he was confident the proposed prisoner swap was going to happen.

“Look, it’s no secret, they’ve been wanting him [Bout] back for several years now. They’ve been trying to get him back for decades. That’s not something they’ve ever kept secret,” Zissou said in an interview with CNN's John Avalon on "New Day."

Who Is Viktor Bout?

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