As the end of the Obama administration continues to come closer, the president and his officials have continued to cover up any and all details related to the $1.7 billion in payments delivered to Iran, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
GOP members of congress, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), continue to seek answers from the administration about the reasons behind the payments, which many see as ransom money paid to get American hostages released, and the ties it holds to the nuclear deal, the Free Beacon reported.
“Sen. Rubio looks forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump and his team to scrap this fundamentally flawed deal and hold Iran accountable for its cheating and regional aggression,” Rubio’s spokesman told the Free Beacon.
Rubio has been pressing the administration for answers since late September regarding the negotiations between Iran and the White House and is trying to find out who signed off on the deal in the Obama administration, if the payments were part of the nuclear deal or separate, and which Iranian officials signed the agreements.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote the following to Rubio in response to questions he submitted. Blinken said the payments were not ransom for the hostages:
“Regarding the allegations that this settlement constituted ransom to free American citizens who were released from prison in Iran on Jan. 17, the administration has repeatedly made it clear since January, and President Obama recently reiterated, that this settlement did not constitute ransom and that the United States has not and will not pay ransom.”
Senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo, joined Buck Sexton on his show on TheBlaze Radio Network and discussed the Obama administration dodging questions from Congress.
Their conversation can be heard below starting at 1:10.
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