Hatch presses for answers on suspected ‘ransom payment’ to Iran

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — As outrage grows over the Obama administration’s suspected “ransom payment” to Iran after media reports detailed how a $400 million transfer was timed to coincide with the release of American hostages held by the rogue regime, the top Senate Republican charged with overseeing the Treasury Department is demanding answers.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Inspector General Eric Thorson posing a number of key questions regarding the legality and propriety of the controversial move.

In the letter, Hatch insisted that the Inspector General identify whether the payment was in compliance with internal Treasury operating procedures, provide certification and/or payment requests connected with the payments, produce evidence payments were not made to individuals or entities that promote terrorism, clarify interest rate formulas and determine to whom and why the payments were made.

A final, signed copy of the letter can be found here.

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  • RealMcCoy September 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    It doesn’t matter what he asks or demands. A simple executive order stating it’s none of our business can be issued by king obama.

  • Ajax September 15, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    In one context, it appears that the United States government bribed Iran to negotiate the nuclear deal – cash in exchange for their seat at the table. What makes these transactions even more heinous is that the sanctions, despite being weak and full of holes, were actually dragging down the Iranian economy. No modern nation-state can survive long without access to international banking outlets. The billions that Obama sent to Iran before the sanctions were lifted gave Iran a source of hard currency, making the cash even more valuable than its face value.

  • .... September 16, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Obama better not mess with Sheriff anybody home of Mayberry and his side kick Deputy Bob Fife. ! Because Obama will get escorted to the principles office

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