Obama dropped charges against Iranians to keep nuclear deal on track

Once blasted as “the worst deal ever negotiated” on the campaign trail by Donald Trump, an investigation into the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal has revealed that seven Iranians jailed in the U.S. released in January in exchange for four Americans held in Iran had links to terrorism.

Addressing the prisoner swap on Jan. 17, 2017, just before he left office, the former president described the prisoners as “civilians or businessmen,” none of whom were involved with terrorist activities or violent crimes.

Turns out, none of what the former president said was true.

Speaking with ranking members of Obama’s administration across several departments, Politico‘s Josh Meyer wrote:

In reality, some of them were accused by Obama’s own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware. As part of the deal, U.S. officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.

Meyer also uncovers the fact the Department of Justice dropped international arrest warrants against 14 others, all of whom were fugitives wanted by the U.S. government.

Of the 14 fugitives who were cleared, three were allegedly agents working to lease Boeing aircraft for an Iranian carrier with links to Hezbollah, one was involved in the trafficking of weapons for shipment to Iran and another was wanted for smuggling high-tech military equipment for use by Shia militias.

Similarly, one of the 14 was suspected of conspiracy to acquire tools to assist Iran’s nuclear program.

Worse, Meyer discloses the Obama White House refused repeated attempts by the Justice Department to arrest the 14 fugitives as far back as 2014, all in order to seek a settlement with Iran.

Speaking to Politico, David Hall, former counter-proliferation prosecutor with the Justice Department, summed up Obama’s actions:

“(Obama) erased literally years — many years — of hard work, and important cases that can be used to build toward other cases and even bigger players in Iran’s nuclear and conventional weapons program.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week a comprehensive review of U.S. policy on Iran would be conducted across government agencies, due to “alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time.”

 

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