National Security Desk / Jun. 1, 2016

Congress Wants Answers on Obama’s Iran Capitulation

So much for having “the most transparent administration in history.”

Iran humiliated Barack Obama in January when it temporarily apprehended 10 U.S. Navy personnel without so much as a slap on the wrist in return. But the Iranians really hit the powerball jackpot soon thereafter when the Obama administration approved $100-$150 billion in sanctions relief in exchange for American hostages already being held. As we noted at the time, “On the same day that the Americans held prisoner left Iran, the U.S. wired Tehran $1.7 billion, implying that it paid ransom for the Americans.”

Now, Congress wants answers. Rep. Mike Pompeo and Sen. John Cornyn have introduced the “No Impunity for Iranian Aggression at Sea Act of 2016” that seeks more definitive answers on January’s drama — including “a certification with respect to whether or not Federal funds … were paid to Iran, directly or indirectly, to effect the release of — (i) the members of the United States Navy who were detained in the incident … or (ii) other United States citizens, including Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and Matthew Trevithick, the release of whom was announced on January 16, 2016.”

Rep. Randy Forbes, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, recently told The Washington Free Beacon: “I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident, both how Iran handled it and how we handled it. I think that’s going to be huge cause for concern for most Americans.” So much for having “the most transparent administration in history.”

> Addendum: In related news, Iran is demanding $8.6 million up front for Obama’s purchase of 32 tons of heavy water, a nuclear byproduct. The shenanigans continue…

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