Senator Johnny Isakson (above) is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Contact: Amanda Maddox, 202-224-7777
Marie Gordon, 770-661-0999
Isakson Statement on U.S. Ransom Payment to Iran
“This administration's ransom deal, subsequent lies to the American people are reprehensible and dangerous”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement regarding the confirmation by the U.S. Department of State that its $400 million cash payment to Iran was conditional on the release of American prisoners by Iran, a fact that was originally denied by the Obama administration:
“Today’s admission by the State Department confirms what I’ve said all along: The Obama administration will stop at nothing to defend its failed foreign policy agenda, going so far as to hide from the American people its dangerous dealings with Iran. This administration's ransom deal and its subsequent lies to the American people are reprehensible and dangerous.”
On Aug. 9, 2016, Isakson wrote to U.S Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Secretary of State John Kerry to provide the American people with more information on the secret $400 million cash payment to Iran made by the Obama administration concurrently with negotiations to release several Americans who were wrongfully imprisoned by Iran.