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http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room ... ment-iran/

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State and Treasury Departments for records on the Obama administration’s transfer of $400 million in foreign currency to Iran in January 2016. The lawsuit was filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of the Treasury (No.1:17-cv-00864)).

The suit was filed after the agencies failed to respond to August 2016 FOIA requests seeking:

All records related to the transfer of approximately $400 million in foreign currency to the Islamic Republic of Iran in January 2016. This request includes, but is not limited to, all related records of communications between any official, employee, or representative of any of the following entities:

The Department of the Treasury

The Islamic Republic of Iran

The Executive Office of the White House

The Department of Defense

The Department of Justice

The Department of State

In August 2016, the funds, sent in stacks of foreign currency on wooden pallets on an unmarked cargo plane, were delivered to Tehran about the same time Iran released five American hostages. The Obama administration insisted at the time the cash payment was not ransom for the hostages, but several Republican lawmakers said it was too coincidental to be true. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reportedly said, “Paying Iran behind our backs, incentivizing further kidnappings of Americans while providing funds for terrorism, is as ignorant as it is wrong.”


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