Politico: State Dept. confirms $400 million Iran payment conditioned on hostage release
Republicans are claiming vindication after the State Department confirmed on Thursday that the United States conditioned the release of a $400 million cash payment to Iran on the departure of American prisoners from Tehran.
At a Thursday press briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby addressed questions about a Wall Street Journal report by explaining that the U.S. held on to the $400 million cash payment until American prisoners were on a plane and safely away from Iran to “retain maximum leverage.” Kirby said the arrangement did not in any way constitute a ransom payment, as President Barack Obama's Republican critics have alleged.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. administration is still digging their hole on this issue .... Money paid to Iran was 'leverage' not ransom, State Department says (Washington Post).
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