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"Call it judgment day. It looks like the Obama administration may yet face some kind of reckoning — in Congress, at least — over its payoff of a long-simmering claim to the Iranian regime. That’s because to do so, the administration tapped a little-known account at the Treasury Department called the Judgment Fund. It is a special account used to pay out claims against the US government. The details of how the administration did this, however, are being treated like a state secret. The State Department spokesman has clammed up tighter than a conch in a mudslide. The topic erupted at the State Department’s daily briefing on Tuesday and Wednesday. That was after Claudia Rosett reported in the New York Sun that the administration made 13 transfers of $99,999,999.99 each. Those payments add up to 13 cents shy of $1.3 billion. They were made Jan. 19, two days after President Obama announced he’d cut a deal with the mullahs for $1.7 billion to avoid", nypost.com
"Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul today, with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus where foreign staff and hundreds of students were trapped, an interior ministry official and a student said.", indiatoday.intoday.in
"The State Department refused to say whether it sent Iran $1.3 billion in January, claiming that they were obligated to withhold information about the financial transaction due to confidentiality. I've seen the document … I have not had the chance to double check it or check … its accuracy, that it's a legitimate document, spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday, referring to a Treasury Department website that listed 13 payments of $99,999,999.99, sent to the State Department in January. There are reasons for us withholding this information, I'm talking about the details of this information, to protect the confidentiality, and that's all I can say right now. //", www.weeklystandard.com
"State Department officials can't release more information on payments made to Iran this year because they have to respect the privacy of foreign governments, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. We do make a practice of not commenting publicly on transactions, including settlement payments, due to the confidential nature of those payments and to respect the privacy of our international partners, State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters. Trudeau made the comment while deflecting questions about the payments, including attempts to learn why the Treasury Department transferred the money destined for Iran to the State Department in $99,999,999.99 increments. The money was paid in order to resolve a dispute over a decades-old weapons deal that was pending in the Hague, but news that the administration used a $400 million cash payment as leverage to obtain the release of American hostages in Iran has revived concerns that President Obama effectively authorized a ransom.", www.washingtonexaminer.com
"“This stuff keeps coming out – drip, drip, drip, drip, drip,” a reporter said during Tuesday’s State Department briefing, as spokesman Mark Toner declined to share details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayers’ money was paid to Iran last January.", www.cnsnews.com
"The State Department announced Thursday, after a weeks-long review involving dozens of interviews, that it still does not know why several minutes of footage from a 2013 briefing were deleted from a public archive – leaving the department’s top spokesman on the defensive over the unusual incident.", www.foxnews.com
"The U.S. withheld a $400 million cash payment to Iran earlier this year as leverage to ensure the country would release American prisoners as promised, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, further fueling criticism that the delivery was effectively a ransom.", www.bloomberg.com
"The Obama administration said for the first time on Thursday that its $400 million cash payment to Iran in January was used as “leverage” to gain the release of American prisoners, fueling criticism that the exchange amounted to a U.S. payment of ransom.", www.wsj.com
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