The payment to the number one state sponsor of terrorism should not have been paid any monies whether old or new at the same time they had American hostages. The optics alone make it national security mistake especially for American citizens abroad. Any payment for release of American hostages is a clear violation of U.S. statute, our rule of law. And please, you can spare me and everyone else the insidious excuse about an old payment to the Iranians that dates back to the days of the Shah of Iran. And now there is another new revelation to this bizarre — well, nothing is bizarre with the Obama administration — story.
As Written By Aaron Klein for Breitbart:
Iran ‘Ransom’: Feds Claim $1.7 Billion Paid in Full — But Won’t Explain How.
Questions continue to linger about the Obama administration’s decision to deliver $400 million in pallets of foreign currency flown to Iran aboard an unmarked jetliner the same day five American hostages were released from Iranian custody.
The State and Treasury Departments both told Breitbart News that the U.S. government transferred the remaining $1.3 billion, which was part of the same settlement for which the $400 million was an initial payment in January. However, despite numerous requests, neither State nor Treasury would provide an answer on how the Obama administration allegedly transferred to Iran the remaining $1.3 billion.
It is not clear whether the $1.3 billion was similarly delivered to Iran in the same spy novel-like fashion as the $400 million – in cash pallets of foreign currency. If the money was not transferred in cash, that could raise questions about President Obama’s explanation that cash was necessary because there was no banking relationship.
At issue is not simply the curious timing of the $400 million cash handoff, which took place hours before the hostages were released and was described as a ransom payment in Iranian media reports that cited senior Iranian defense officials. The Obama administration has denied the ransom claims, and has said …..
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