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February 4, 2016 11:05 am

Leading US Lawmaker Demands Explanation for Timing of $1.7 Billion Payment to Iran, Coinciding With Release of American Hostages

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce, (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Photo: U.S. Congress.

U.S. Representative Ed Royce, (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce demanded Secretary of State John Kerry explain the timing of a $1.7 billion claim settlement paid to Iran. Photo: U.S. Congress.

A powerful US lawmaker on Wednesday demanded Secretary of State John Kerry provide an explanation of a $1.7 billion claim settlement paid to Iran just as Tehran released American prisoners last month.

Republican Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote that the timing of the settlement and the administration’s failure to brief Congress “has led some to express concern that the payment represents a de facto ‘ransom’ for the release of American hostages.”

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  • Jonah

    What is de facto about this situation is that Royce appears to be a lawmaker. The problem being our President is a lawbreaker, known as the lawless one in scripture. It makes no difference what name you call our President or what you accuse him of, releasing funds as ransom, releasing funds in order that terrorist organizations can be well funded over the entire world, or for nuclear proliferation he does not care what the congress thinks. To give you and example of how our president leaves the congress in the dust. Our congress gave him everything he wants and more on budget negotiations and the Iranian deal…what did our congressional genious get? The right to sell crude oil internationally as crude oil prices are crashing…probably never to recover. Our congress is good at name calling but anything more than that and they are hamstrung. Revelation states very clear as to what Obama will accomplish. The destruction of the great Satan and the attempted destruction of the little Satan…it says he is the little horn and when he gets done with this planet everyone will be at war…now that is what is happening regardless of the name calling. The harlot on the back of the beast has already done her part in the desolations and regardless as to whether or not she gets elected or is defeated…the damage is done. Soooo, thank you very much for your honorable intentions congressman Royce but it seems it is to little to late. You cannot defeat lawlessness with the law when lawlessness is in dictatorial charge of every foundation you stand on, such as the constitution, the military, the schools, spear throwing at your Judeo Christian roots and doing a good job of destroying them. The only thing stopping him now is the looming threat of guns and bibles….and the liberals are working quickly with him in an attempt to erode the individuals rights to have either one.

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