Attorney General Loretta Lynch is pleading the fifth to remain silent in an investigation by Congress over the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash this year. Lynch’s refusal to comply in answering questions is casting accusations that she is avoiding incriminating herself over these payments.
Earlier in October, a series of questions were asked by Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Mike Pompeo about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered. The silenced response provides evidence that Lynch has chosen to “essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding [her] role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio and Pompeo wrote on Friday in a follow-up letter to Lynch.
Their full written statement can be read below:
“It is frankly unacceptable that your department refuses to answer straightforward questions from the people’s elected representatives in Congress about an important national security issue. Your staff failed to address any of our questions, and instead provided a copy of public testimony and a lecture about the sensitivity of information associated with this 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. The actions of your department come at time when Iran continues to hold Americans hostage and unjustly sentence them to prison.”
Pompeo later took charge at Lynch following the meeting. 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?” 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.”
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