Incoming CIA Director Has Reputation for Confronting Iran

Mike Pompeo

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a tough line on Iranian intransigence and investigating the Obama administration’s secret negotiations with Tehran.

Congress: Attorney General
Lynch ‘Pleads Fifth’ on Secret Iran ‘Ransom’ Payments

Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Obama Admin ‘Laundered’ U.S. Cash to Iran Via N.Y. Fed, Euro Banks

John Kerry, Javad Zarif / AP

A member of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing the Obama administration of laundering some $1.7 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Iran through a complicated network that included the New York Federal Reserve and several European banks, according to conversations with sources and new information obtained by the lawmaker and viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

Obama Admin Hid Details
of Multi-Million Dollar Cash Payout to Iran From Congress

John Kerry, Javad Zarif

The Obama administration took steps to withhold from lawmakers the details of a $400 million cash payout to Iran and continues to rebuke inquiries from Congress for information about how another $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds was awarded to the Islamic Republic, according to multiple conversations with congressional sources apprised of the matter.

Pompeo: Iran ‘Ransom’ Payment Is Obama’s Iran-Contra Scandal

Mike Pompeo

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) slammed the Obama administration on Wednesday for taking “lawless” steps to provide Iran with $400 million in “pallets of cash” as part of a so-called ransom payment to free imprisoned Americans, according to comments provided to the Washington Free Beacon.