Top Congressman demands Kerry explain $1.7 billion Iran payment

by  |  published on February 4, 2016

The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee demanded Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry explain a $1.7 billion settlement paid to Iran that some Republicans have described as a “ransom” tied to last month’s release of five American prisoners.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., complained in a letter to Kerry that his committee was not consulted about the payment. The Obama administration claimed the agreement was made to settle a dispute with Iran over $400 million in frozen funds that dated back to 1979. The remaining $1.3 billion was described by the Obama administration as “interest”.

“It is unclear how this $1.7 billion payment is in the national security interests of the United States,” Royce wrote.

Royce’s letter included 10 questions to Kerry about the settlement. Among them are how the administration calculated the $1.3 billion “interest” on the payment, a timeline of negotiations over the payment since this past summer’s nuclear deal, and why the money was not used to “compensate American victims of Iranian terrorism who have been awarded judgments against Iran.”

Royce’s letter also asks for a list of U.S. officials who participated in negotiations with Iran over the payment, the prisoner release and the nuclear agreement.

  • Thomas Ross

    Politics as usual.

  • fedup

    Kerry the clown had eye surgery when he took the job. They implanted a camera and transmitter so o’bama could see everything Kerry sees and does. Kerry is a o’bama lackey and doesn’t care about America as long as he gets to hang out with the richie rich azzclowns. There is no money needed to be paid to Iran except to further the muslim agenda by o’bama.

  • pete G

    I bet Congressman Royce feels just like the American people. the Obama Administration does what they want with regard to no one. Kerry and Obama assumed they were the ones to deal with Iran and the hell with everyone else including politicians and the public, pretty damn arrogant if you ask me. They should have consulted everyone.

  • Luke

    lurch kerry, the mule faced traitor of VN veterans should have already faced the firing squad and been buried in a swamp without a marker..

    • Dawn

      Maybe, they can take some money from Kerry’s very wealthy wife…Heir to the Heinz Family…

      • Luke

        Her dead husband is probably rolling over in his grave, he was a Rep and now she is married to lurch, a libtard traitor, she has no values

  • Wolfman

    Com’on ‘John boy’ start pontificating on how our American sailors swarmed into Iranian waters…reminiscent of Genghis Kahn….oh! wait! that won’t work …Genghis Kahn wasn’t a sailor…may have to resort to Bluto of Popeye fame!!! This may not fool Rep. Royce…but Paul Ryan will fall for that line of BS and go along with it so that he doesn’t look ‘Too!!! Conservative “, after all we don’t want to piss off you, Harry, or Nancy.

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