On Thursday a hearing was convened where a key witness, David Asher, who worked for U.S. Army General John Allen at both Defense and State Departments, testified before Republican and Democratic members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He stated that several key law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the Obama administration were prevented from targeting the terrorism financing operations of Iran, Hezbollah, and Venezuela during Kerry’s nuclear negotiations with his Iranian counterparts.
Some lawmakers are turning attention to the alleged deception by President Barack Obama and his administration to pass his “do or die” nuclear deal with Iran. Republican leaders of the House Committee initiated a full-scale investigation into the Obama administration’s activities in obtaining the nuclear deal. They are also probing last year’s controversial prisoner swap with Iran for over a billion dollars.
Lieutenant George O’Brien, former military intelligence operative and police unit commander said, “A number of former intelligence and counter-terrorism officers were concerned with the way the deal was negotiated and the misrepresentation of the nuclear pact’s details by Obama’s questionable national security team. Remember how the assistant national security adviser Ben Rhodes admitted to being deceitful in order to get the deal accepted? That alone should have triggered a probe not only by Congress, but also the Justice Department.”
Republican Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Ron DeSantis, in a May 5 letter, asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to produce Justice Department documents they said would “help the Committee in better understanding these issues.” They sent the same letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanding all related documents to the Iran deal in the State Department’s possession. Chaffetz gave both a deadline of May 19 to provide one copy to committee Republicans, and another to the Oversight Committee’s
Democratic Party lawmakers.
An article published by Track Persia, a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East, says the following — In part, the letter stated: “When President Obama revealed a prisoner exchange agreement with Iran in January 2016, he announced the release of one Iranian and six Iranian-Americans convicted of crimes or awaiting trial. The President described the exchange as a benign reciprocal humanitarian gesture, and went as far as to call the individuals released civilians who were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses. Among those granted clemency were individuals that the Justice Department deemed threats to national security. The news account identified 14 Iranian fugitives accused of serious crimes for whom the Obama Administration dropped criminal charges, but never released the names or charges. These reports note an Iranian spokesperson contradicted the Administration’s position by claiming there were 28 Iranians freed or relieved from judicial restrictions as part of the prisoner exchange agreement. If true, this leaves seven individuals unaccounted for. [It was] also reported that Obama Administration officials blocked and delayed law enforcement efforts to lure Iranian fugitives to countries where they could be arrested and to extradite Iranian suspects in custody overseas.”
In the letter, Chaffetz told the officials, “please also make your staff available for a briefing on these issues no later than May 25.”
According to the Republican Post, “The noose tightens, the clock is ticking and Jason Chaffetz will get to the bottom of this. Don’t forget Jason has an ace up his sleeve, Trey Gowdy is also on the committee investigating Obama. That should terrify him.”