Obama Admin Refuses to Disclose how $1.3 Billion Payment to Iran was Made

When the White House paid the initial $400 million to the Iranians, they went out of their way to pay in foreign cash, allegedly due to the lack of a functioning banking relationship between the two countries.

However, if they paid the remaining $1.3 billion in some form other than cash, than it indicates that the problem wasn't that there was no banking relationship but that Obama didn't want anyone to know that he was paying the ransom Iran demanded.

Anyone, that is, besides the Iranians, who as Mike Huckabee pointed out, now see the whole thing as an open door to hold more Americans hostage and demand more in ransoms:

“When asked about how the remaining $1.3 billion was transferred, a spokesperson for the State Department replied that the agency had ‘nothing to add beyond what the President and Secretary have already said on the subject.'

The spokesperson confirmed that the remaining $1.3 billion was indeed paid in full to Iran but refused to provide comment to two separate requests about how the money was transferred.

The lack of clarity has led to the raising of questions about whether the remainder was paid.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) has said that due to Obama administration obfuscation, he is unsure if the U.S. still owed any remaining money on the 1.7 billion judgement.

‘I don’t know yet whether there’s $1.3 billion left,' he said. ‘The administration has continued to dissemble and stonewall Congress on these very questions. In January, we were asking these questions.'

Writing at National Review Online, former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy asked, ‘What’s the story with the other $1.3 billion in this deal, the money Iran is supposed to get in addition to the $400 million in cash?'

Bloomberg in June reported on the $1.7 billion, which the news agency claimed was transferred by the U.S. Treasury ‘to Iran’s Central Bank in January.'

On Tuesday, Sen. Deb Fischer put out a press release similarly stating that in January 2016, ‘the U.S. Treasury transferred $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund to Iran’s Central Bank.'

Meanwhile, while the Obama administration has strongly denied any link between the cash transfer and the release of the hostages on the same day.  The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed U.S. officials acknowledging, as the newspaper paraphrased it, ‘that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.'

The Journal report sparked an outcry, with Republicans, including Donald Trump, accusing the White House of paying ransom.”

Source: Breitbart



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