Washington lawmakers have said that in response to questions about the $1.7 billion given to Iran by the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has remained tight lipped and refused to cooperate.
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., earlier this month sent a letter to Lynch with a list of questions that related to the Iran ransom.
On Oct. 24, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded to the questions on Lynch’s behalf. Kadzik refused to answer the questions posed by the senators but did make it clear that the lawmakers were to refrain from releasing any information they have seen about the money given to Iran because of its “sensitive” nature
“It is frankly unacceptable that your department refuses to answer straightforward questions from the people’s elected representatives in Congress about an important national security issue,” the lawmakers wrote. “Your staff failed to address any of our questions, and instead provided a copy of public testimony and a lecture about the sensitivity of information associated with this issue.”
“As the United States’ chief law enforcement officer, it is outrageous that you would essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries,” they stated. “The actions of your department come at time when Iran continues to hold Americans hostage and unjustly sentence them to prison.”
The lawmakers included a copy of their previous 13 questions and are requesting that Lynch provide answers by Nov. 4.
When asked about Lynch’s efforts to avoid answering questions about the cash payment, Pompeo told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration has blocked Congress at every turn as lawmakers attempt to investigate the payments to Iran.
“Who knew that simple questions regarding Attorney General Lynch’s approval of billions of dollars in payments to Iran could be so controversial that she would refuse to answer them?” Pompeo said. “This has become the Obama administration’s coping mechanism for anything related to the Islamic Republic of Iran—hide information, obfuscate details, and deny answers to Congress and the American people.”