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April 5, 2016 12:57 pm

Congress Investigating Obama Administration for ‘Intentional Deception’ on Concessions to Iran

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Barack Obama. Photos: Wikipedia.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Barack Obama. Photos: Wikipedia.

US lawmakers are questioning the Obama administration’s commitments to Congress over the Iran nuclear deal and its numerous guarantees that the Islamic Republic would not be granted extra concessions for signing it, the Washington Free Beacon reported. 

Over the course of the last year, administration officials confirmed in Congressional testimony that the Iranian regime would not gain access to the US financial system and missile technology under the terms of the nuclear agreement. In one such instance, Acting Under Secretary of the Treasury Adam Szubin assured lawmakers in September that Iran would not be given the opportunity “to execute a dollarized transaction where a split second’s worth of business is done in a New York clearing bank.”

In March, however, the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration was contemplating “easing financial restrictions that prohibit US dollars from being used in transactions with Iran,” which is currently outlawed. This change in policy would result in a significant boost to Iran’s hard-hit economy. 

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US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed their outrage over the president’s alleged policy backtrack, the report said, adding that Obama “promised to maintain a strict ban on dollars along with other non-nuclear penalties on Iran.” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) wrote in a letter to the president that allowing Iran access to the dollar “is clearly not required” by the terms set forth in the nuclear agreement. In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WA) called the reports “deeply concerning,” and said, “The president should abandon this idea.”

In a second policy shift, Reuters reported, Washington has ceased referring to Iran’s ballistic-missile launches as a “violation” of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which codifies the nuclear deal. In March, Iran test-fired a missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload, the report said, and US, British, French and German officials called this “inconsistent with” and “in defiance” of the resolution.

According to the report, “The four powers’ carefully worded letter stopped short of calling the Iranian launches a ‘violation’ of the resolution, which ‘calls upon’ Iran to refrain for up to eight years from activity, including launches, related to ballistic missiles designed with the capability of delivering nuclear weapons.”

The reversal in policy, the report stated, contradicts testimony given by Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation Ambassador Stephen Mull in December. When asked whether the test-launch of ballistic missiles by Iran is a violation of the nuclear agreement, Mull responded: “It is not in violation of the JCPOA. It is a violation of Security Council resolutions.”

US lawmakers are now left wondering whether the Obama administration deliberately deceived them in order to gain support in passing the nuclear deal. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Congress has launched an investigation into whether the president “misled lawmakers last summer about the extent of concessions granted to Iran under the nuclear deal, as well as if administration officials have been quietly rewriting the deal’s terms in the aftermath of the agreement.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) explained to the Washington Free Beacon the motives behind the Congressional investigation: “When multiple officials — including Secretary Kerry, Secretary Lew, and Ambassador Mull — testify in front of Members of Congress, we are inclined to believe them. However, the gap between their promises on the Iran nuclear deal and today’s scary reality continues to widen. We are now trying to determine whether this was intentional deception on the part of the administration or new levels of disturbing acquiescence to the Iranians.”

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  • Jack Holan

    The Personal Correspondence to the Ayatolla and Rouhani has never been fully disclosed. Conspiring with an enemy State to deceive the US Congress to effect a favorable military/Political outcome for that enemy State must be an Impeachable Offense for a President!

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Obama will declare Israel an enemy state before he’s done. And regardless of which Democrat wins the White House, there will in face be pogroms in the US.

    • Jack Holan

      Unfortunately, he has done his best to say so by actions without saying it. It may come to pass that he will actually utter the words.

  • DockyWocky

    Treason is as treason does.

    Obama has been nothing but a shill for the Iranian ayatollahs from day one.

    He cannot be allowed to get away with this kind of betrayal.

  • David Polovin

    The President is concerned about the security of the US and her allies. But he is even more concerned about his legacy as the great peacemaker of our time. I fear that he will have neither and tolerance of his vainglorious ambitions will return to haunt us all, whether we shared them or not.

  • robert davis

    Of course obanana deceived the Congress on the iran deal as much as he deceived the nation about everything including the fact he has never been an American. He deserved impeachment since a very long time.

  • Dr. Rafi Mevorach

    Yes, I also believe that Obama has sold his electorate a worthless bill of goods.
    From my own experience of living and/or vacationing in Israel for almost 10 years (over a longer period of time), I learned, sometimes in dangerous situations, that what I call the “Arab mentality” (also including the radical Iranian mindset), that these sorts are never to be trusted.
    I believe that even when the negotiations were being held and after the papers were signed, that those centrifuges were running at full speed.

  • Grandma Bennie

    The article said “contemplating”. that’s not doing. And Congress is going to investigate. Of course Congress never thought to investigate George W. Bush lying to them AND the American people about those pesky weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist in Iraq resulting in significant loss of American lives, millions of our best and brightest left maimed in body and soul, and the killing of over 100,000 Iraqis in his war of choice. But that’s none of my business.

  • Reform School

    After the wedding, isn’t everyone treated like family? Obama & Kerry sing “The Fool on the Hill” about Congress.

  • Howad Kahan

    P.S. Can anyone explain how this TREASONIS P…K was re-elected?

  • Howad Kahan

    TREASON sounds great,but wont happen. We have a congress that still wets their pants when they are scared. Maybe the Rump, Trump is the answer. I pray for our Country.

  • Corsair

    I feel that, compared to this, all the other “gates” (including Watergate) are gonna be child’s game…But who I fear will end up paying the price? Us, the little people….

  • Robert Twic

    Obama has been using his Islamic skill of ‘Taquiyya’ to deceive Congress and do whatever HE wants and damn the Congressional-torpodoes. America’s bones r going 2 b ‘picked-clean’ by its enemies ’cause of Obama’s ‘sacred-deception’.

  • Barry

    When Richard Nixon lied to Congress about breaking into the Watergate, he faced impeachment.
    When Bill Clinton lied to Congress about his personal behavior, he was impeached.
    When Barack Obama lied to Congress about a deal that could result in the destruction of our country, will anything happen to HIM?

    No way, unless a Democrat is prepared to stand up an call for Obama’s impeachment on this basis.

  • don’t those toadstools in congress know by now if ovomit tells them something it’s beyond the shadow of a doubt an unfettered lie.with all the crap that the dynamic dick weeds Kerry/ovomit did to smooge this crappy bunch of nonsense that it was chock full of lies,a complete deception and it had all the pluses on iran’s side,not on the side of the rest of the world that do not wish to be targeted by iran’s terrorists network. if this was being handled by me this stupid piece of trash would be null and void,and any money still being held would not be transferred new even more tight sanctions would be imposed if iran bitched on second worth they would think the second coming was happening and they had better hide their heads in the sand to keep from becoming dead, Kerry/ovomit well they would find out what the prison at getmo looks like.

  • Carol

    Who runs White House? The Moslem brotherhood, for one. Who runs Obama? Soros and the Moslem brotherhood, for two.

  • stevenl

    What congress!!!
    The fix was in long, long ago.

  • David F Mayer

    You MUST be kidding. Nobody in Congress will ever do anything to anger King Obama. In order to do that, they would need Moxie, and they have none.

  • Lia

    Would/could this investigation include Messrs Kerry and Moniz and Mrs/Miss/Ms Sherman, and, perhaps later, people like Mrs/Miss/Ms Harf or Herf and Messrs Earnest, Toner and Kirby? Or will all of them ‘go free’ because they were simply obeying orders, saying what they’d been told to say and lying when commanded to?

  • Sofia B

    Not surprising, that he sold United States to Iran. They are telling the States, “Death to America” etc – and yet everything seems to be OK with Hussein Obama. He let 2 terrorist free from Gitmo that are bomb making experts.

    Impeachment was done for less minor offenses before – how is it that he is able to get away with offenses that will damage and destroy the Country?

  • fred

    Obama is a good Muslim, caring for Iran.else why sell the world in true Chamberlain form…

  • Lia

    Couldn’t happen more timeously … or to a more deserving president and coterie.

  • Ephraim

    And this surprises whom?

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    That CRIMINAL Hussein Obama must be put before a grand jury and accused of TREASON !

    • Charles Martel

      Well … he was instead elected for a second term, when in his own words, he would have more flexibility … And we have nine more months to go. Sky is the limit!

      As for impeachment … There are no men left in Washington. It should have happened some time ago, together with Eric Holder, and some other accomplices.

      Statesmen are extinct; only politicians are left, and they can be bought and sold at the right price. That is reality. And what´s in the pipeline does not offer much (or any) hope.

    • Christy pincket

      Agreed!

  • brenrod

    looks like the deaf and dumb got an inkling about their liar in chief

    • Reform School

      During the Nixon years (whose playbook Hillary and Barry hold degrees in) the ASSociated Press, New York Times and Washington Post coined the term “Credibility Gap.” Silence of the Media is louder than Silence of the Lamb. Where is Congressman Loudermilk when we need him?

    • John F

      You got it dead right! Now have they got the Balls to impeach him?

  • PJ

    Of course he decieved the USA
    He always has

    • PJ, the President has not deceived the American People, he has always clearly and openly expressed and demonstrated where he stands, beginning with his Cairo speech in 2009…no, starting with his choice of churches (Rev. Wright) and – well before that – his mentor (Frank Marshall Davis). A significant portion of the American People has either embraced his decisions, ignored them or both.

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