After nearly two months of stalling, the State Department confirmed what I feared was true: the Obama administration is negotiating behind closed doors with the Islamic Republic of Iran and using taxpayer dollars to pay the regime, writes Congressman Mike Pompeo of Wichita.
Pompeo: State Confirms Obama Administration Paid Iran $1.7 Billion
$1.3 billion of the payment to Iran came from American taxpayer dollars; State says more payments to come
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today released the following statement on the State Department’s response to a letter he sent on January 21, outlining his concerns and requesting information about whether the Obama administration made a ransom payment to Iran in exchange for the release of four American hostages. In the letter, Pompeo asks Secretary of State John Kerry to provide details regarding the timing of and relationship between the release of the Americans and President Obama’s announcement of a $1.7 billion payment to Iran, of which $1.3 billion was taxpayer-funded.
“After nearly two months of stalling, the State Department confirmed what I feared was true: the Obama administration is negotiating behind closed doors with the Islamic Republic of Iran and using taxpayer dollars to pay the regime. Worse yet, more of these payments are likely coming,” said Pompeo, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “Secretary Kerry still refuses to answer whether the $1.7 billion U.S. payment to Iran was related to the release of American hostages held by Iran. While we celebrate the return of these hostages, this administration could be setting a dangerous precedent, as innocent Americans continue to be held in Iran and around the world. I will not stop until we have all of the answers and will do all in my power to stop the Obama administration’s dangerous Iran policy.”
The full text of the State Department’s letter to Pompeo may be found here.