When Barack Obama announced the deal that would allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, critics howled it was time for impeachment.
But instead of fighting, establishment Republicans enabled the disastrous agreement.
However, new developments could revive those calls to impeach Obama.
Reports have come to light that the Obama administration paid the rogue Iranian government a $400 million ransom payment.
The Obama regime conducted a secret airlift of a bouquet of international currencies — to circumvent U.S. law which bans U.S. dollar transactions with Iran — as a quid pro quo for Iran’s agreement to release four Americans held hostage by the Islamic government.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
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.
The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.
“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.”
When the Iran deal was announced in 2015, Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that Congress should hold Obama accountable for giving aid and comfort to the enemy:
“The hypothetical is telling as we consider Obama’s Iran deal. The Constitution makes treason a ground for impeachment, but it seems to have been outside Madison’s contemplation that a president would actually be so insidious as to use his foreign-affairs power to give aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States. On that score, note that as soon as Obama’s deal was announced, not only was Iran’s foreign minister vowing to continue funding jihadist terror; the regime’s “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was also extolling the continued Iranian call for ‘Death to America.’
Madison could not fathom a president who undermines the Constitution’s treaty requirements by the ruse of labeling a treaty an “agreement” or a “joint plan of action.” Still less could he imagine a president who resorts to chicanery in communicating the terms of an international agreement to the Congress. Such duplicity must have seemed inconceivable.”
Obama’s secret payoff scheme to Iran could reignite calls for his impeachment.
That’s because the Obama administration admits the $400 million may have been used to fund terrorism.
Western Journalism reports on the remarks of White House Spokesman Josh Earnest:
“Largely, that money was spent to address the dire economic condition of the nation of Iran. We know that Iran supports terrorism. We know that Iran supports Hezbollah and the [Bashar al-]Assad regime, and it certainly is possible that some of the money that Iran has is being used for those purposes too.”
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