In an unprecedented blow to the Obama Administration, the State Department announced today the the $400 Million dollars seen taken off of a private jet in Iran, was infact given to Iran on the condition of releasing hostages.
State Department spokesman John Kirby announced today that the $400 Million dollars, was infact being held as leverage on the condition of Iran releasing the prisoners. But the $400 million in question was to be given to Iran anyway to settle a Hague ruling and was meant to settle a dispute over payment for military equipment and other matters.
Kirby went on to say:
“We deliberately leveraged that moment to finalize these outstanding issues nearly simultaneously,”
Kirby also said that the money was being held as leverage make sure Iran complied with it’s end of the deal, becuase of mutual distrust between Iran and the United States.
When the video of the exchange of money went viral in early August, President Obama explained:
“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, We don’t — we won’t in the future — precisely because if we did, then we would start encouraging Americans to be targeted, much in the same way that some countries that do pay ransom end up having a lot more of their citizens being taken by various groups.”
Obama also claimed the the timing of the $400 Million payment was a coincidence only and had nothing to do with the hostages. However, the State Department did confirm otherwise in a statement that the money was being held and leveraged until the Hostages were released.
Michael Short, a Republican national Committee spokesman made the following statement:
“What the State Department admitted today was the dictionary definition of a ransom payment and a complete contradiction of what they were saying just two weeks ago,”
Michael also went on to say:
Hillary Clinton’s support for this dangerous blunder, which has put a price on the head of every American citizen, shows once again she does not have the judgment to be president.”
Hillary Clinton’s Activities as Secretary of State from January 2009 to February 2013 has put her judgement into question almost weekly, in this election. It hasn’t been determined, however, what if any part she had played in the $400 Million Ransom deal.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has said that he also thinks it’s necessary to call a congressional hearing into the matter.