It seems the corruption of the Obama administration goes far deeper than we thought, as new revelations continue to come to light, months after the former president left office.
While most politically informed folks will recall many different scandals involving President Obama — like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, the Bowe Bergdahl trade, etc. — a new bombshell that’s recently been uncovered may blow these out of the water.
Or just add to the ever growing list of reasons this man was unfit for the office. Maybe both.
According to Politico, When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans.
“Iran had a significantly higher number of individuals, of course, at the beginning of this negotiation that they would have liked to have seen released,” one senior Obama administration official told reporters in a background briefing arranged by the White House, adding that “we were able to winnow that down to these seven individuals, six of whom are Iranian-Americans.”
But Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal, according to a POLITICO investigation.
In his Sunday morning address to the American people, Obama portrayed the seven men he freed as “civilians.” The senior official described them as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere “sanctions-related offenses, violations of the trade embargo.”
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.
And in a series of unpublicized court filings, the Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives.”
Three of the fugitives allegedly sought to lease Boeing aircraft for an Iranian airline that authorities say had supported Hezbollah, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization. A fourth, Behrouz Dolatzadeh, was charged with conspiring to buy thousands of U.S.-made assault rifles and illegally import them into Iran.
To summarize what’s been said here, Obama basically released people who were a known threat to the national security of the United States, as part of the Iran deal, yet publicly denied they were dangerous.
This has some folks claiming the act was treason, and while that’s not for us to decide, it certainly leaves a big, BIG stain on the already tainted legacy of Barack Obama.
One has to wonder what else Obama was up to during his eight years in office and how long it will be before other deep, dark secrets float to the surface.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]