Remember almost a year ago, Obama tried to hide the fact that over $400 million was paid to Iran for the release of 4 Iranian-American hostages?
At the time, there was one representative who spoke out against Obama and the deal, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas). Pompeo in fact wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, and wanted to know the details of the cash transfer of $1.7 billion.
Here’s a quick refresher:
Yeah – that’s right! Obama paid LOTS of money to a terrorist nation that funds terrorism! What were the consequences then? NOTHING! What’s changed? Donald Trump was elected President and Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Intelligence Committee was selected to be the new CIA Director. Things are going to get interesting…don’t you think?
H/T Free Beacon:
A member of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing the Obama administration of laundering some $1.7 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Iran through a complicated network that included the New York Federal Reserve and several European banks, according to conversations with sources and new information obtained by the lawmaker and viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
New disclosures made by the Treasury Department to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), a House Intelligence Committee member, show that an initial $400 million cash payment to Iran was wired to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) and then converted from U.S. dollars into Swiss francs and moved to an account at the Swiss National Bank, according to a copy of communication obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon.
Once the money was transferred to the Swiss Bank, the “FRBNY withdrew the funds from its account as Swiss franc banknotes and the U.S. Government physically transported them to Geneva” before personally overseeing the handover to an agent of Iran’s central bank, according to the documents.
These disclosures shine new light on how the Obama administration moved millions of dollars from U.S. accounts to European banks in order to facilitate three separate cash payments to Iran totaling $1.7 billion.
The latest information is adding fuel to accusations the Obama administration arranged the payment in this fashion to skirt U.S. sanctions laws and give Iran the money for the release of U.S. hostages, in what many have called a ransom.
Congress has been investigating the circumstances surrounding the payment for months and said the administration is blocking certain requests for more detailed information about the cash transaction with Iran.
“By withholding critical details and stonewalling congressional inquiries, President Obama seems to be hiding whether or not he and others broke U.S. law by sending $1.7 billion in cash to Iran,” Pompeo told the Free Beacon. “But Americans can plainly see that the Obama administration laundered this money in order to circumvent U.S. law and appease the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
As new details emerge, congressional critics such as Pompeo and Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) are beginning to suspect the U.S. government laundered the money in order to provide Tehran with immediate access.
“Think about this timeline: the U.S. withdraws $400 million in cash from the Swiss National Bank and then physically transports it to another city to hand-off to Iranian officials—three days before Iran releases four American hostages,” Pompeo said. “But it gets worse: less than a week after this, the U.S. again sends hordes of cash to Iran. As we speak, Iran is still holding three more Americans hostage and I fear what precedent this administration has set.”
The initial $400 million payment to Iran was initiated on Jan. 14, 2016, according to information sent by the Treasury Department to Pompeo.
“For the first settlement payment in January, Treasury assisted the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) in crafting a wire instruction to transfer the $400 million in principal from the Iran FMS [Foreign Military Sales program] account on January 14, 2016,” the document states.
“Treasury worked with DFAS and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), which was acting as Treasury’s financial agent, so that the funds were converted from dollars to Swiss francs and credited to a FRBNY account at the Swiss National Bank (SNB), which is the central bank of the Switzerland [sic],” it adds.
The U.S. hostages were released shortly after Iran received this initial cash payment.
The additional $1.3 billion cash payment was facilitated by the Dutch Central Bank, which helped the United States transfer the money to an account before it was converted into euros.
The Dutch Bank “then disbursed the funds as euro banknotes in the Netherlands to an official from the Central Bank of Iran.”
The payment was broken down into two separate transactions that occurred on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.
Senior administration officials maintain that the transaction was completely legal and not paid out as part of a ransom to Iran. These officials have said that cash was the “most reliable” method to ensure Iran received immediate access to the funds, as its banking system is still under sanctions.
A senior congressional aide familiar with investigations regarding the matter told the Free Beacon that the administration continues to hide information from lawmakers about the cash payment.
You know darn well, Obama’s administration is hiding the real facts on this deal. You also know, in January when the Trump administration and Rep. Mike Pompeo, the soon-to-be new CIA Director takes over, the real shit is going to hit the fan. I have no doubt when President Trump takes office, Americans will discover the REAL story behind the exchange of hostages and Obama using U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay a country that is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism.
Obama should be charged with treason! $400 Million in untraceable cash exchanged in an unmarked plane for hostages in the middle of the night! That IS a Ransom!
Obama’s legacy is not only about Obamacare – the unaffordable, unwanted, rammed down our throats socialist healthcare, but it’s also about, as Rush Limbaugh would say, an “Affordable Ransom Act”…if you like your kidnapped victim, and you need money fast….we will help you! Call Obama’s White House.
There is SO much of Obama’s legacy that President Trump needs to erase: 1) Obamacare and 2) the US doesn’t negotiate with terrorists! Period! It diminishes the US. It shows weakness.
When President Trump takes office and Rep. Mike Pompeo becomes the new CIA Director, Americans are going to see a stronger and more transparent government. The grownups are in charge now!
Here’s what Rep. Pompeo tweeted before accepting the position of Director of CIA:
“I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
So do we sir! So do we!
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