USA Today gives further context to a bombshell Wall Street Journal report about a $400 million cash payment the Obama administration paid to Iran, coinciding with Iran’s release of four Americans held captive in Tehran.
Revelations that a plane carrying $400 million in cash arrived in Iran as the Islamic regime released U.S. hostages prove that President Obama engaged in a cash-for-hostages deal, congressional Republicans charged Wednesday.
That detail, reported in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, reignited a months-old debate about the Iran nuclear deal.
“This report makes plain what the administration can no longer deny: this was a ransom payment to Iran for U.S. hostages,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. said in a letter to the State and Justice Departments.
“Iran sent American hostages back on the same day it received the cash. Sounds a lot like a ransom payment to me,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
And House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — while hedging his criticism by noting that the newspaper report is unconfirmed — said the report “would also mark another chapter in the ongoing saga of misleading the American people to sell this dangerous nuclear deal.”
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