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Congress Accuses Lynch of taking the Fifth

 

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Loretta Lynch is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to be U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Loretta Lynch is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to be U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch refuses to answert questions from Congress on the illegal ransom payments made to Iran.  I don’t blame her.  Unless I miss my guess, if she told everything she knows both she and Obama would be wearing striped suits and making little rocks out of big ones.  Congress is interested why Lynch approved the payments to Iran.She doesn’t want to answer.

The intrepid representatives thought the head of the Justice Department might therefore have the answers they were seeking about Iran’s controversial payoff, so they wrote Lynch and asked what was included in the DOJ “approvals,” who issued them, and which Treasury Department officials came to DOJ seeking approval. They also asked if the Justice Department’s General Counsel was involved in the process, and requested copies of any legal opinions rendered by the General Counsel or other Justice Department lawyers.

“Did your Department raise any concerns that the cash payment could be perceived as a ransom?” Rubio and Pompeo asked Lynch. “It has been reported that the same State Department official signed the paperwork for this cash payment, the dropping of charges on 21 Irnaians, and the delisting of two Iranian banks.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) asked Lynch:

“Please explain how sending billions of dollars in cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism is in our country’s best interest.”

“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.  Your staff failed to answer 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 regarding your role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.”

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