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Congressman Robert Pittenger HeadshotCHARLOTTE – Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal revealed the Obama Administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran, coinciding with the release of 4 American prisoners. Yesterday, a State Department spokesman confirmed the U.S. withheld the delivery of the cash as leverage until Iran permitted the Americans to leave the country.

Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, had this statement:

“The evidence of the $400 million payment to Iran in exchange for hostages was too obvious for the State Department continue in their subterfuge to the American people.  The Obama-Clinton legacy of duplicity and deception, as they have appeased our adversaries, has left the American people and our soldiers at grave risk.”

When news of the $400 million payment to Iran first broke, Congressman Pittenger wrote Secretary Kerry demanding an explanation. Secretary Kerry has yet to respond. A copy of the letter can be found here.