Obama acolytes across the land were horrified when Trump rendered completely null the absolutely awful Iran Nuclear Deal which was essentially POTUS 44’s only significant foreign policy legacy.
But the flaws of the Iran deal are apparently just the tip of the iceberg–Obama was even chummier with the Iranians than we thought.
The AP has reported that the Obama administration literally tried to skirt their own Iran sanctions to give the Iranian government significantly more financial funding than they were already giving them.
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The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that under President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license in February 2016, never previously disclosed, that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials into euros by exchanging them first into U.S. dollars. If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the U.S. financial system.
Ben Shapiro over at The Daily Wire explains that the only reason the Obama administration wasn’t able to funnel this money into Iran is that the Omani bank refused to exchange the billions for them. This was all, of course, while they were telling the public of their valiant efforts to deny Iran “access to the US financial system.”
The way they responded to these revelations is stunning, and contains, naturally, way more lying:
“So, what did Team Obama have to say about all of this?” Shapiro says. “Unnamed Obama officials told the AP that they were acting ‘in line with the spirit of the deal,’ and that the lies were justified because they were attempting to debunk arguments that Team Obama wanted to give even more concessions to the Iranians. Which is somewhat like arguing that Bill Clinton didn’t lie about Monica Lewinsky, he just wanted to debunk rumors that he had sex with an intern.”
This isn’t all. The AP says that the Obama admin then “fanned out across Europe, Asia and the Middle East trying to convince banks and businesses they could do business with Iran without violating sanctions and facing steep fines.”
That same week, the AP reported that the Treasury had prepared a draft of a license that would have given Iran much broader permission to convert its assets from foreign currencies into easier-to-spend currencies like euros, yen or rupees, by first exchanging them for dollars at offshore financial institutions.
The draft involved a general license, a blanket go-ahead that allows all transactions of a certain type, rather than a specific license like the one given to Oman’s Bank Muscat, which only covers specific transactions and institutions. The proposal would have allowed dollars to be used in currency exchanges provided that no Iranian banks, no Iranian rials and no sanctioned Iranian individuals or businesses were involved, and that the transaction did not begin or end in U.S. dollars.
Obama administration officials at the time assured concerned lawmakers that a general license wouldn’t be coming. But the report from the Republican members of the Senate panel showed that a draft of the license was indeed prepared, though it was never published.
And when questioned by lawmakers about the possibility of granting Iran any kind of access to the U.S. financial system, Obama-era officials never volunteered that the specific license for Bank Muscat in Oman had been issued two months earlier.
“Obama goes around bragging that his administration was scandal-free,” Shapiro concludes. “That’s factually untrue. But his administration was largely criticism-free thanks to a media replete with his supporters.”
Seriously! You’d be amazed, of course, how the media is reporting on this. Can you believe if the Trump administration was caught doing anything anywhere near this blatantly corrupt? They’ll talk about Trump-Russia all day long and they barely have anything to go on.
The Obama administration is finally exposed for literally trying to break sanctions they established themselves to give the public the impression that they weren’t totally kissing the Iranian government’s rear.
And remember, this is the number one state sponsor of terror in the world. It’s absurd we ever gave them any money, let alone our former Commander in Cheif carefully trying to hide billions of dollars sent in aid to this extreme regime!
But just keep pushing that Trump-Russia narrative while ignoring stories like these, mainstream media, because that’s definitely how you’re going to get Trump 2020.