Fox News on September 12, 2016, reported on Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio accusing the Obama administration of trying to “deceive” Congress and the American people about roughly $1.7 billion in payments to Iran — suggesting at least some of the money was a “ransom” for American hostages and demanding official documents for the related transactions. Excerpts below:

“Each day brings new revelations about your administration’s efforts to deceive Congress and the American people regarding payments of billions of dollars to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio wrote Saturday in a letter to President Obama. “The America people do not believe the story that your administration did not provide Iran an illicit and potentially illegal ransom payment.”

The administration in January announced an agreement between the U.S. and Iran to settle a failed, decades-old arms deal that included Washington returning to Tehran $400 million and an additional $1.3 billion in interest.

However, reports in early August revealed the initial $400 million was delivered on Jan. 17 — the same day Tehran agreed to release four American prisoners. And Republicans are calling it a ransom.

Rubio submitted a list of nine demands in the letter, including a request for a copy of a waiver allowing the use of cash, instead of complying with a U.S. code that states “all federal payments made by an agency shall be made by electronic transfer.”

“Iran has pocketed this money and continued to hold and take more American hostages,” Rubio also wrote. “It has likely used this foreign currency to fund its military including its ballistic missile programs and to support Iran’s terrorist proxies throughout the Middle East.”


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