WHAT, YOU THOUGHT IRAN RELEASED THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES BECAUSE THEY RESPECTED AND FEARED OBAMA?
The WSJ is reporting that the Obama administration sent $400 million to Iran as Americans were freed from the terror state. However, Barack Hussein Obama claims that there was no quid pro quo, and it was not a ransom as critics have charged. Oh, of course it was just a coincidence. REALLY? And if you believe that one I have a private email server to sell you from Hillary Clinton’s bathroom that did not contain top secret emails. Interestingly enough, the Iranian press reports have quoted senior Iranian defense officials describing the cash as a ransom payment. How sad has it become in America when one believes the Iranian media over the President of the United States?
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.
“As we’ve made clear, the negotiations over the settlement of an outstanding claim…were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Not only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side, including, in the case of The Hague claims, by technical experts involved in these negotiations for many years.”
But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
Powerline points out some of the specifics of the Obama ransom for hostages deal with Iran.
(1) It was indeed a ransom payment – negotiators originally established a formula of people for people: American nationals held by Iran for Iranian nationals held by America. But then the Iranians started demanding billions of dollars as well. Iranian officials later bragged they coerced the ransom out of U.S. diplomates —
The U.S. and Iran entered into secret negotiations to secure the release of Americans imprisoned in Iran in November 2014… The discussions… initially focused solely on a formula whereby Iran would swap the Americans detained in Tehran for Iranian nationals held in U.S. jails… But around Christmas, the discussions dovetailed with… the old arms deal. The Iranians were demanding the return of $400 million… They also wanted billions of dollars as interest accrued since then… a report by an Iranian news site close to the Revolutionary Guard, the Tasnim agency, said the cash arrived in Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on the same day the Americans departed. Revolutionary Guard commanders boasted at the time that the Americans had succumbed to Iranian pressure. “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” said Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, on state media.
(2) The administration hid the details from Congress – Lawmakers have been pressing the administration for six months to provide more details about how and where the money went, among other things because Iran has been transferring money for military purposes. They’ve made little progress —
The Obama administration has refused to disclose how it paid any of the $1.7 billion, despite congressional queries, outside of saying that it wasn’t paid in dollars. Lawmakers have expressed concern that the cash would be used by Iran to fund regional allies, including the Assad regime in Syria and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization. The U.S. and United Nations believe Tehran is subsidizing the Assad regime’s war in Syria through cash and energy shipments. Iran has acknowledged providing both financial and military aid to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and deploying Iranian soldiers there.
HOW’S THAT UNIFIED DEMOCRAT PARTY LOOKING AMERICA?
In the wake of the leaked emails via Wikileaks of the DNC playing favorites and being in the tank for the establishment candidate Hillary Clinton, soon to be former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed off the stage this morning as she tried to address delegates. DWS tried to tell the delegates to calm down which only made matters worse.
And the liberal MSM would try and tell you that there was division in the Republican party. Really? Take a good look what the beginning of a full scale revolt looks like in the democrat ranks. The Bernie supporters are pissed and they should be. The establishment Democrats and the DNC screwed all of them and made sure that Hillary Clinton would win the nomination. Sanders supporters, how does it really feel to be “BURNED!!!”
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was repeatedly interrupted and booed Monday as she sought to speak to Florida’s convention delegation.
The Florida lawmaker, who is resigning from the DNC this week after leaked emails showed top members of the organization working to boost Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary bid, had to strain her voice to yell over the flurry of protestors who showed up to interrupt her speech.
“We need to make sure we move together in a unified way,” she said over shouts from the crowd.
As she spoke, people stood on chairs holding up signs that said “emails,” “No!” and “Thanks for the ‘help,’ Debbie.”
Others repeatedly shouted: “Shame.”
The heckling didn’t stop even as Wasserman Schultz mentioned last night’s shooting in Fort Meyers, Fla., that left two dead and more than a dozen injured.
The Florida congresswoman was defiant, insisting delegates would see more of her.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t open her party’s national convention in Philadelphia today, an official confirmed to ABC News.
The news comes one day after Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down from the post at the end of the convention, after the release of internal Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks, which appear to show party officials strategizing how to aid Hillary Clinton and impede Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Wasserman Schultz was booed and jeered at a pre-convention Florida delegation breakfast this morning in Philadelphia.
COMEY ON THE HOT SEAT …
FBI Director James Comey will face the music this morning and have to answer Congress as to how he could lay out a case against Clinton and her “gross negligence” in handling classified emails and then suddenly do a U-turn and state he will not recommend charges. But of course this was not political. Of course not. Sorry, its a sad day when a government employee could act so reckless and purposely send and receive classified emails and then be let off the hook. The fix was in from the outset.
FBI Director James Comey will be facing skeptical and angry Congressional Republicans this morning in a hastily called hearing on Capitol Hill.The criminal case against Hillary Clinton and her aides is closed, but top Republicans want to know why she was not prosecuted for mishandling classified information while using a private email server as Secretary of State
Tuesday, Comey harshly criticized Clinton and her State Department team for being “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly-classified information. But then, Comey announced that the FBI would recommend against charging Clinton or her aides criminally.
The decision set off a firestorm of criticism from Republicans, and prompted a quick call for Congressional hearings.
“The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a statement announcing today’s hearing. “The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the decision looked like “preferential treatment for Clinton.”
FBI Director James Comey Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Clinton Off the Hook … Recommends No Charges Eventhough She Used “Gross Negligence” with Emails (VIDEO)
THE FIX WAS IN ALL ALONG … DONALD TRUMP IS CORRECT, IT IS A RIGGED SYSTEM.
FBI Director James Comey systematically laid out the case as to why Hillary Clinton should be indicted of a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18) of which she met every criteria of the charge and then he did a 180 and recommended no charges be sought against Hillary Clinton. In order to do such a thing, Comey had to rewrite the federal statute to serve his own, Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s purpose. UNREAL. It is a sad and shameful day when the FBI has now become politicized as pretty much every department has become under Barack Obama, add to it the EPA, FCC, IRS and AG. However, just because Director Comey did not recommend charges be brought against Hillary, he did eviscerate her and basically called her a liar and that she acted in a reckless behavior and was “extremely careless” (aka. ”Gross Negligence”)
Watch Comey’s full speech as it is hardly paints a nice picture of Hillary Clinton and in no ways states she is innocent. To the contrary, Comely calls Hillary a liar.
There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.
Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.
In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.
As The Gateway Pundit reminds us … Remember when Hillary Clinton stated at the Democrat Party debate in January 17, 2016, “There should be no individual too powerful to jail.” That is unless you last name is Clinton and you are a Democrat in the corrupt Obama administration.
Bill O’Reilly Discusses AG Loretta Lynch & Bill Clinton Private Meeting with ABC15 Reporter Christopher Sign Who Broke the Story (VIDEO)
ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH’S ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS AS TO WHY SHE AND BUBBA CLINTON MET IS ALL BS …
The private meeting between AG Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, that could only be described as unethical and every appearance of impropriety, has blown up in the Clinton’s faces and Hillary Clinton is going to take the brunt of it. USA Today reports, the meeting raises eyebrows. Really, just eyebrows? It should raise a lot more than that. Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly interviewed Christopher Sign, the ABC15 reporter, who broke the story about Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch’s meeting at an airport in Phoenix AZ.
Lynch claimed it was an unplanned meeting. Hmm, really, that is not what it seemed to be after listening to the video below. Watch and listen directly from the individual who had first hand knowledge of this dirty, clandestine meeting that should never have taken place. According to Christopher Sign, the FBI on the tarmac told everyone around the vicinity of the two planes, no cameras and no cell phones. Hmm, really? So the FBI was part of the cover up too? This whole thing stinks to the high heavens. But when you have the Clinton’s involved, what else would you expect?
A note to the rest of the MSM … this is what fantastic investigative news coverage looks like.