Eric Ciaramella — the CIA analyst believed by many to be the anonymous whistleblower who launched the impeachment inquiry — and a current staff member for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff reportedly spoke openly of “taking out” President Donald Trump just two weeks into his administration. RealClearInvestigations reported Wednesday that Ciaramella and Sean Misko…
At the Democratic presidential debate earlier this week in Iowa, several of the candidates made it clear they were ready to take on President Donald Trump regarding America’s economy. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, declared, “I am ready to take on this president on the economy, because I am from the…
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HHS and DHS proposed rules that would implement Trump’s executive order that protects the religious freedom of faith-based organizations.
A former national security advisor in the Obama administration did what congressional Democrats will not do — praise President Donald Trump for the decisive step Trump took in ordering the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. James Jones, a retired Marine Corps general, was former President Barack Obama’s national security advisor in 2009…
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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday took credit for helping defeat the Islamic State group, just minutes after attacking President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy. “We have lost our standing in [the Middle East],” Biden said at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, taking a clear shot at Trump in the…
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I understand members of the Obama administration tend to paint the administration of the 44th president in hagiographical terms. I would expect no different out of John Kerry, secretary of state for most of Obama’s second term. However, I would appreciate it if Kerry — as well as the rest of the former administration’s officials…
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Former secretary of state John Kerry on Friday referred to the $1.7 billion payment the U.S. made to Iran in 2016 as a “little bit of money.”
Discussing President Donald Trump’s claims that the Obama administration helped fund the Iranian regime’s terror initiatives, Kerry told CNN that the Obama administration saved American taxpayers from accruing interest by settling old debt when it did.
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“We gave them a little bit of money that was released in that period of time, not as part of the nuclear arrangement,” Kerry said. “But the fact is the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] had all the money it wanted. The IRGC wasn’t starving at that point in time, and in fact, Iran owed billions upon billions of dollars. Most of that money went to pay off their debts and to facilitate their economic initiatives.”
Kerry admitted in 2016 that the billions in sanctions relief Iran got under the nuclear deal would go partly to financing terrorism.
“Money is fungible in any budget,” he said on Friday.
The Obama administration paid Iran $400 million, plus an additional $1.3 billion in interest from taxpayer funds, ostensibly to settle a dispute over military equipment Iran purchased but never received following the shah’s fall in 1979. Critics, however, described the payment as a “ransom” to secure the freedom of American hostages being held by the Tehran regime.
“Obama officials are the last people on earth who are pretending that the $1.7 billion wasn’t a ransom payment,” one foreign policy consultant who worked with Congress on the nuclear deal told the Washington Free Beacon at the time. “Everyone else knows what happened, which is that we rewarded Iranian hostage takers.”
The Obama administration denied the cash was a ransom, but the State Department later admitted it delayed the initial $400 million payment as “leverage” to secure the release of three prisoners held by Iran.
As part of the nuclear deal Kerry brokered, Iran received $150 billion in sanctions relief in the form of unfrozen assets held in banks around the globe. The U.S. Treasury Department estimated Iran had roughly $55 billion left over of that amount after fulfilling its other financial obligations, according to the Washington Post.
Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, backing such proxy groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran hit a boiling point after Trump last week ordered the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the terrorist leader of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force. Iran retaliated with missile attacks on U.S. air bases in Iraq this week, although no Americans were killed or injured.
The U.S. and its allies also say Iran is responsible for bringing down a Ukrainian airliner with a surface-to-air missile it fired during its onslaught against Iraq, killing all 176 aboard.
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Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) are slated to host a conference call with an Iranian-American advocacy group that has been accused of lobbying on Tehran’s behalf.
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Along with Reps. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), Sanders and Warren are scheduled to speak Wednesday evening with members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). The group played a central role in what former Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes called the administration’s pro-Iran Deal “echo chamber,” spinning journalists, lawmakers, and citizens.
The Democratic candidates’ willingness to engage with NIAC—a group that aggressively pushed the accord and has strongly advocated against U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic—reflects their desire to see America reenter the nuclear deal, which released up to $150 billion in cash to the regime. Much of that money has gone to fund Iran’s regional terror operations, including recent attacks on American personnel stationed in the region.
NIAC has deep ties to Iran’s regime, including senior officials like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Zarif worked closely with NIAC founder Trita Parsi, who, in turn, consulted with the Obama administration.
Parsi lobbied Congress against sanctions on Iran in 2013 and met with Obama administration officials at the White House dozens of times leading up to the nuclear deal’s signing in 2015. Multiple U.S. officials and senior congressional sources informed the Washington Free Beacon that Parsi helped the White House craft its messaging as it tried to sell the nuclear deal to the public. The NIAC chief met with Rhodes, among other top officials, during multiple visits throughout the Obama era.
Rhodes delivered a keynote speech at the 2016 NIAC leadership conference.
NIAC was ordered to pay more than $180,000 in 2013 to the legal defense fund of Hassan Daioleslam, an Iranian-American writer, after a failed defamation lawsuit. Daioleslam had accused NIAC of failing to disclose its clandestine lobbying efforts to undo sanctions on Tehran, the Free Beacon previously reported. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said Parsi’s work was “not inconsistent with the idea that he was first and foremost an advocate for the regime.”
Sanders and Warren both supported the nuclear deal’s passage, and have been among the sharpest critics in the 2020 field of President Donald Trump’s ordered killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that funding for the missiles fired at military bases in Iraq on Tuesday night was “made available” by the Obama administration. Trump’s comments at the White House came one day after Iran fired roughly 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq. Eleven of them hit the Ain al-Asad Air Base and Erbil military…
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Following the targeted airstrike to take out top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, prominent Democrats and establishment media figures criticized President Donald Trump for ordering the strike. One of those critics of Trump’s justifiable killing of Soleimani was former Vice President Joe Biden, a top 2020 presidential candidate, who said in a statement that the…
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There’s this searching moment after almost any politicized victory in America where the other side tries to discover the best line to blunt the force of that victory. In terms of the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of a terrorist organization, one of the lines the Democrats seem to be settling into…
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is revising his story about his role in the Obama administration’s hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, according to a new report. In the context of the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Biden was asked what he would do in similar circumstances…
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One result of President Donald Trump’s decisive response this week to the attack on the United States Embassy in Baghdad has been to once again highlight what competent leadership looks like, particularly when compared with former President Barack Obama. The closest parallel in my lifetime was the transition from American malaise under Jimmy Carter to…
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With more public scrutiny and pressure from Republicans, it looks like the noose is tightening around the Bidens and other Democrats who were allegedly involved in Ukrainian corruption. Now, Rudy Giuliani, fresh from a fact-finding trip to Ukraine, claims there’s so much damning evidence that he’s willing to try any case that results from his…
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Donald Trump is hitting Iran where it hurts. For 40 years, the murderous mullahs who lead the Islamic Republic have never needed much of a reason to hate an American president. Even milk toast Jimmy Carter — a man whose presidency is a byword for American weakness — was hated by the ayatollahs who took…
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A Democratic senator who tried to ensure we didn’t get any answers on Benghazi is now demanding President Donald Trump give Democrats answers on the Iraqi embassy attack. Mind you, the assault on our embassy in Baghdad hasn’t actually resulted in any deaths as of Wednesday. Rocks were hurled, windows have been broken and tear…
Former Vice President Joe Biden seemingly has a good argument for Democratic voters ready to pick their party’s presidential nominee. His experience working in the White House is shared by only one other candidate in the entire 2020 race — President Donald Trump. Unfortunately for Biden, hundreds of those who also worked under former President…
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BuzzFeed News spelled out that abortion is still as controversial as it was in 1973 when the Supreme Court invented a right to the procedure.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has gained an edge over her rivals in seeking to present herself as the rightful heir of the Obama administration. More than 200 members of former President Barack Obama’s past campaigns and his administration have signed on to Warren’s campaign, according to CNN. Former Vice President Joe Biden,…
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