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Obama stonewalling congressional investigation into $1.3 billion payout to Iran

Published in Blog on July 18, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

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It took weeks of investigation before the Obama administration admitted to sending $400 million to Iran in exchange for American prisoners. Now the White House is at it again.

This time they're stonewalling congressional efforts to discover the method of delivery for $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds the United States also sent to the Islamic Republic as part of a legal settlement. Sources told the Washington Free Beacon yesterday that the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice have all rebuffed a congressional probe into the circumstances surrounding the payment.

“The already bizarre circumstances surrounding the $1.7 billion payment to the Islamic Republic have only gotten stranger in the weeks since we learned of the $400 million in cash that was sent to the Iranian regime last January 16th,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said to the Free Beacon. “If this payment was, as the Obama administration insists, a straightforward settlement of an old debt that it would have cost America more to contest, why all the secrecy?”

The American people deserve to know how their money is being spent, especially at the request of the people’s representatives. Unfortunately, the federal government’s stance towards its constituents has for years been one of secrecy and deceit. Officials in D.C. know that Congress can’t do much to hold them accountable, and the courts will rarely rule in favor of the people.

An Article V Convention of States can change these power structures to restore the balance of power between the states, the feds, and the people. It can do this by proposing constitutional amendments that give the people and the states real, effective recourse to challenge the federal government without relying on the bias of federal courts. Washington, D.C., will continue to ignore the will of the people until We the People take matters into their own hands by calling an Article V Convention of States.


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