Thursday, February 4, 2016

It wasn’t really ransom: John Kerry to explain away to Congress a $1.7B payment to Iran is not negotiating with terrorist nation

The second worst secretary of state behind Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, will do a song and dance today and tell a Congressional hearing that the Obama regime did not negotiate with terrorists. 
He will lie to their faces.  A dangerous precedent has been set that invites other nations to hold our military or even civilians for ransom for now on.     

Fox News reports the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee demanded Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry explain a $1.7 billion settlement paid to Iran that some Republicans have described as a "ransom" tied to last month's release of five American prisoners. 

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., complained in a letter to Kerry that his committee was not consulted about the settlement. The Obama administration claimed the agreement was made to settle a dispute with Iran dating back to 1979 over $400 million in frozen funds. 

The remaining $1.3 billion was described by the Obama administration as "interest".
"It is unclear how this $1.7 billion payment is in the national security interests of the United States," Royce wrote.

Royce's letter included 10 questions to Kerry about the settlement. Among them are how the administration calculated the $1.3 billion "interest" on the payment, a timeline of negotiations over the payment since this past summer's nuclear deal, and why the money was not used to "compensate American victims of Iranian terrorism who have been awarded judgments against Iran."

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