Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee sent a letter on Friday to Secretary of State John Kerry, along with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, demanding answers about the Obama administration’s $400 million payment to Iran.
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“The unusual circumstances surrounding the administration’s payment of $400 million to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran have raised serious concerns not only about the propriety of the transaction, but about its legality as well,” Cruz and Lee wrote in their letter.
“If the administration violated the law, then Congress and the American people should be made aware of it so that they can hold the appropriate officials accountable and take whatever steps necessary to strengthen the law and prevent any reoccurrence,” they continued.
Cruz and Lee want to really dig into the situation and it doesn’t seem like they are going to let up. They are demanding a step-by-step description of the transaction. They want to know where exactly the funds came from, who did the negotiations, the legal reasoning behind it, and other missing details.
“While we are deeply concerned about the national security implications of the administration’s cash-for-hostages scheme, especially in light of reports that Iran has already arrested additional Americans, the purpose of this letter is to inquire about the legality of the payment,” they wrote.
The duo also wants to know how much more of the $1.7 billion settlement Obama plans to pay to Iran.
It isn’t just these two senators that are concerned. A number of other lawmakers, including Kelly Ayotte and Tom Cotton, are expected to send letters to the administration concerning the $400 million payment.