Politics The most transparent administration in history?

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  1. Beth143nacho

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    http://freebeacon.com/national-secu...ongress-paid-iran-1-3-billion-taxpayer-funds/

    Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds
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    John Kerry / AP


    BY: Adam Kredo
    August 23, 2016 3:50 pm

    The Obama administration is withholding from Congress details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds was delivered to Iran, according to conversations with lawmakers, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the administration is now stonewalling an official inquiry into the matter.

    The Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice have all rebuffed a congressional probe into the circumstances surrounding the $1.3 billion payment to Iran, which is part of an additional $400 million cash payout that occurred just prior to the release of several U.S. hostages and led to accusations that the administration had paid Iran a ransom.

    The Obama administration has admittedin recent days that the $400 million cash delivery to Iran was part of an effort to secure the release of these American hostages, raising further questions on Capitol Hill about White House efforts to suppress these details from the public.

    The $400 million was part of a $1.7 billion legal settlement reached with Iran earlier this year. Congressional inquiries into how this money reached Iran are failing to get answers.

    The State and Treasury Departments declined on Tuesday to answer a series of questions from the Free Beacon about the method in which U.S. taxpayer funds were paid to Iran.

    The administration is also withholding key details about the payment from leading members of Congress, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Mike Lee (R., Utah), who launched an inquiry into the matter earlier this month.

    The Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice all failed to respond to the inquiry by Monday’s deadline, according to congressional sources tracking the matter.

    “The already bizarre circumstances surrounding the $1.7 billion payment to the Islamic Republic have only gotten stranger in the weeks since we learned of the $400 million in cash that was sent to the Iranian regime last January 16th,” Cruz said to the Free Beacon. “If this payment was, as the Obama administration insists, a straightforward settlement of an old debt that it would have cost America more to contest, why all the secrecy?”

    The State Department said it does not know how the remaining $1.3 billion was transferred or to whom it was transferred. Cruz described this disclosure as “confounding.”

    “It is even more confounding that the State Department spokesman claimed Monday not to know how or to whom the residual $1.3 billion was transferred, although he does know the transaction happened,” Cruz said. “That kind of money doesn’t just transfer itself to a rogue regime still under heavy U.S. sanctions for its sponsorship of terrorism. Someone in our government must have the answers the American people deserve.”

    Cruz and Lee are seeking to determine if these payments violated U.S. law. They also requested information about the U.S. officials who negotiated and carried out the payments.

    “While we are deeply concerned about the national security implications of the administration’s cash-for-hostages scheme, especially in light of reports that Iran has already arrested additional Americans, the purpose of this letter is to inquire about the legality of the payment,” the senators wrote in an Aug. 12 letter.

    “It is imperative that the administration provide a full accounting of its conduct with respect to the $400 million cash payment to Iran,” they wrote. “If the administration violated the law, then Congress and the American people should be made aware of it so that they can hold the appropriate officials accountable and take whatever steps necessary to strengthen the law and prevent any reoccurrence.”

    While the administration has remained silent about the circumstances surrounding the payment, investigative reporter Claudio Rosett recently disclosed that the Treasury Department transferred just under $1.3 billion to the State Department in 13 “large identical sums.”

    The funds, allocated for “foreign claims,” could shine a light on how the administration moved taxpayer funds into the State Department’s purview in order to provide the additional payment to Iran.

    In 13 individual payments of $99,999,999.99, the Treasury Department moved a total of 1,299,999,999.87, which roughly amounts to the remaining money owed to Iran.
     
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    Will you pony up 5 fucking dollars to support? You waste enough bandwidth with this shit.
     
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    It's the interest due on the 400 million that the US seized back in 1979 in an arms deal that the US government shut down after the hostage situation. We held their money that long.

    Had they gone to a international court on the matter, they would have been awarded more.
     
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    What will I have for dinner?
     
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    It was their money (in 3...2...1...) :doh:
     
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    Damn ninjad by the beta-indiego
     
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    Fuck off Schmoopy, you God damn drug addict.
     
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    Corruption Stew
     
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    Dave the feeble minded. :jj:

    Hi Schmoopy :hw:
     
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    That money was the secular govt of Iran's and the Shahs'. The current govt of Iran (biggest state sponsor of terrorism) doesn't deserve a DIME of that money.
    For almost 40 years the world wasn't worried about giving them back that money, why now?


    Also, if it was given in cold hard cash, like the first 400 million. It violates the law's of the international sanctions.
     
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    This is what happens when the ignorant libtards are in charge and there isn't an opposing party.
     
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    Could it get any worse, Schmoop?
     
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    Yes, much much worse.:facepalm:
     
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    See, I always took you as a "half glass full" kind of guy.
     
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    Schmoopy Shit Mult Hunter

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    I'm never optimistic when it involves any government.
     
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    The thing that makes Daves argument so funny is that if it was that if it had as much merit as he claims it should, why stonewall the probe? Seems the correct move would be to provide the info and make the people asking the questions look silly.

    Instead, they don't answer questions and look suspicious while showing independents (let's face it, people like Dave don't think for themselves, so who cares what they think) that the current administration is not so transparent
     
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    What about Ron Paul?
     
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    Meh
     
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    I've met plenty of Iranians

    I gotta say I think we got more in common with them than we do with the Saudis and Pakistanis