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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Refusing To Comply With $1.7 Billion Iran Ransom Payment Investigation

October 28, 2016

Members of Congress say Attorney General Loretta Lynch is failing to comply with an investigation into the $1.7 billion dollars cash sent to Iran earlier this year. With multitudes of unanswered questions into the secret side deals made between the Obama Administration and Iran, lawmakers find AG Lynch’s silence deafening and are pushing to get the answers they, and the American people, require.

On October 7th, Congressman Mike Pompeo and Senator Marco Rubio wrote a letter to AG Lynch with a series of 13 questions about the Justice Department’s approval of the cash payments. On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded to the lawmakers on behalf of the Attorney General and refused to answer any of their 13 questions stating that they had provided necessary documents and that anything further could risk the exposure of highly sensitive information.

“Who knew that simple questions regarding Attorney General Lynch’s approval of billions of dollars in payments to Iran could be so controversial that she would refuse to answer them?” Rep. Pompeo said. “This has become the Obama administration’s coping mechanism for anything related to the Islamic Republic of Iran—hide information, obfuscate details, and deny answers to Congress and the American people.  They know this isn’t a sustainable strategy however, and I trust they will start to take their professional, and moral, obligations seriously.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo with Sen. Marco Rubio

Rep. Mike Pompeo with Sen. Marco Rubio

On Friday, Rep. Pompeo and Sen. Rubio wrote to the Attorney General’s office once again and said that it is “frankly unacceptable” that they refuse to answer straightforward questions about “an important national security issue.”

“As the United States’ chief law enforcement officer, it is outrageous that you would essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding your role in providing cash to the world’s forefront state sponsor of terrorism,” the lawmakers continued. “The actions of your department come at a time when Iran continues to hold Americans hostage and unjustly sentence them to prison.”

Since the implementation of the Iran deal, the terror state has continuously targeted Iranian-Americans that visit their country to detain and imprison in order to hold them for high amounts of ransom. In January, four Americans were released following a preliminary $400 million cash transfer and a subsequent $1.3 billion dollars cash in the following days after their release.