I would find it hard to believe that anybody forgot about the $1.7 billion that the Obama administration paid to Iran in 2016 after the release of five Americans held by Iran. It is pretty unforgettable.
According to The Washington Times, the federal government traced the funds, only to discover the money was transferred to Hezbollah, the terrorist group in Lebanon; the Quds Force, Iran’s terrorist arm, which has an extensive history of murder, and Houthi rebels hoping to topple the Saudi Arabian government.
The Times says that the intelligence used to discover the funds could well lead to President Trump canceling the Iran nuclear deal. On January 12, Trump said, “The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal — access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash — has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people. Instead, it has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders.” (Related: BOOM! Sarah Sanders shuts the media UP with Trump and Obama Iran comparison)
Although the Obama administration protested that the payment was to settle a dispute from the 1990’s in which Iran claimed the U.S. owed the country military equipment from a deal made before the 1979 Islamic revolution, many critics saw the payment as a ransom for the American hostages.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
The administration denies the issues are tied and insists that the money was provided to settle a decades-old dispute with Iran over the United States’ refusal to make good on a deal to provide the country military equipment following the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Under the terms of the settlement, Iran will be paid a $400 million balance, plus an additional $1.3 billion in interest from the taxpayer fund, according to a State Department official.
Senior officials from the State Department and White House National Security Council confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that to settle outstanding legal disputes with Iran, the administration tapped into the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund, a federal account that has been used by the executive branch to settle international legal claims.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) said, “This break with long-standing U.S. policy puts a price on the heads of Americans and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures of US citizens.” (Related: Shilling Again For Terrorist Supporting Regime: Former Obama Advisers Tell Trump to ‘Be Quiet’…)
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