Attorney General Lynch 'Pleads Fifth' On Secret Iran 'Ransom' Payments

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Authored by Adam Kredo, originally published via The Washington Free Beacon,

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.

In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch’s behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran.

The response from the attorney general’s office is “unacceptable” and provides evidence that Lynch has chosen to “essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding [her] role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio and Pompeo wrote on Friday in a follow-up letter to Lynch, according to a copy obtained by the Free Beacon.

The inquiry launched by the lawmakers is just one of several concurrent ongoing congressional probes aimed at unearthing a full accounting of the administration’s secret negotiations with Iran.

“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,” the lawmakers wrote. “Your staff failed to address 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,” they stated. “The actions of your department come at time when Iran continues to hold Americans hostage and unjustly sentence them to prison.”

The lawmakers included a copy of their previous 13 questions and are requesting that Lynch provide answers by Nov. 4.

When asked about Lynch’s efforts to avoid answering questions about the cash payment, Pompeo told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration has blocked Congress at every turn as lawmakers attempt to investigate the payments to Iran.

“Who knew that simple questions regarding Attorney General Lynch’s approval of billions of dollars in payments to Iran could be so controversial that she would refuse to answer them?” Pompeo said. “This has become the Obama administration’s coping mechanism for anything related to the Islamic Republic of Iran - hide information, obfuscate details, and deny answers to Congress and the American people.”


“They know this isn’t a sustainable strategy, however, and I trust they will start to take their professional, and moral, obligations seriously,” the lawmaker added.

In the Oct. 24 letter to Rubio and Pompeo, Assistant Attorney General Kadzik warned the lawmakers against disclosing to the public any information about the cash payment.

Details about the deal are unclassified, but are being kept under lock and key in a secure facility on Capitol Hill, the Free Beacon first disclosed. Lawmakers and staffers who have clearance to view the documents are forced to relinquish their cellular devices and are barred from taking any notes about what they see.

“Please note that these documents contain sensitive information that is not appropriate for public release,” Kadzik wrote to the lawmakers. “Disclosure of this information beyond members of the House and Senate and staff who are able to view them could adversely affect the diplomatic relations of the United States, including with key allies, as well as the State Department’s ability to defend [legal] claims against the United States [by Iran] that are still being litigated at the Hague Tribunal.”


“The public release of any portion of these documents, or the information contained therein, is not authorized by the transmittal of these documents or by this communication,” Kadzik wrote.

Congressional sources have told the Free Beacon that this is another part of the effort to hide details about these secret negotiations with Iran from the American public.

One senior congressional source familiar with both the secret documents and the inquiry into them told the Free Beacon that the details of the negotiations are so damning that the administration’s best strategy is to ignore lawmakers’ requests for more information.

“Every Obama administration official and department involved in the Iran Deal appear to be running for cover,” the source said. “Like we feared, the [Iran deal] is turning out to be a disaster and Iran is emboldened in its aggression. Evidently Attorney General Lynch and the Department of Justice have decided ‘refusal to cooperate’ is their best strategy. But this is dangerous and ultimately won’t protect them from anything.”

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ebworthen's picture

That would be Treason, a hanging offense.

Manthong's picture

“on the grounds that I might have to admit to being a criminal"

 That massive cash payoff to Iran was completely illegal and an affront to the entire country.


Infocat's picture

Leftists have no loyalty, their rule always leads to degeneration.

wolfnipplechips's picture

The head of our justice system pleads the fifth! Holy $hit this place is phucked up!

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) So great a cloud Oct 29, 2016 8:10 PM

In the mold of the criminal Eric Holder and the Obama CRIMINAL Administration.

I hope the Trump Administration appoints several special prosecutors to look at the Obama Administration Illegality.


jcaz's picture

Next it will be "I can't recall" or "I can't remember"- those seem to work pretty well.....

Keyser's picture

Since when is this not an impeachable offense? A federal employee should be denied 5th amendment rights when it involves oversight into their job... Hold Lynch in contempt of Congress and lock her up until she talks... 

yippee kiyay's picture
yippee kiyay (not verified) Keyser Oct 29, 2016 8:58 PM

IRAN is a red herring, NOT the REAL problem.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) yippee kiyay Oct 29, 2016 9:00 PM

The US needs to stop meddling.

Mr. Universe's picture

How in the name of anything that says "Justice" can the head of the Department of JUSTICE impede such? Oheadupvalriesassbama should have called for her immediate resignation except for the fact he is the one she is protecting. Drain the swamp indeed, if they get away with this, no more sugar plums in your stockings, no coal either. In fact Festivus will be all that's left for the rest of us. After Islam that is. 

BarkingCat's picture

Hey yippee kiyay, previously toro, previously mofio then santafethen Aristotle of Greece then Gargoylethen bleu then oops then lance-a-lot then most recently Loftie.

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.



Above are borrowed from philpat, who has done a tremendous job following and exposing this lame serial spammer.

Reginald Blome's picture

Hey yippee kiyay, previously toro, previously mofio then santafethen Aristotle of Greece then Gargoylethen bleu then oops then lance-a-lot then most recently Loftie.

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.



Above are borrowed from philpat, who has done a tremendous job following and exposing this lame serial spammer.


Oh yeah and eat a big fat dick

All the lies's picture

Hey yippee kiyay, previously toro, previously mofio then santafethen Aristotle of Greece then Gargoylethen bleu then oops then lance-a-lot then most recently Loftie.

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.

Above are borrowed from philpat, who has done a tremendous job following and exposing this lame serial spammer.

True Blue's picture

He is also the heterosexually challenged 'Mano a Mano' who replied to himself.

American Psycho's picture

Quick, beat up a homeless person to redirect the public's attention. 

strannick's picture

Our AG goes OG, and plleads da fif, cause she has contempt for the court. Another Original Gangster stickin it to the da man

wee-weed up's picture

Unfortunately, every Obozo Admin response to wrongdoing from now until Jan 20th is going to be all about "running out the clock" in order to avoid having to answer for all the malfeasance, illegalities, and down-right treason commited on his watch.

True Blue's picture

Those 'presidential' pardons are going to be flying around like 'Snowmageddon' from the 8th until the 20th of January.

wildbad's picture

since congress was castrated and made bobama's ass bitch

espirit's picture

How are we going to get these entrenched traitors out of the swamp?

Going to need some bigger and badder gators.

Donnie Duvanie's picture

Can Ohphuckbama pardon himself?

Erek's picture

Only if he shits his pants in public.

<FART!> Oh! Pardon me!

Bay Area Guy's picture

It's been the subject of some debate as to whether a President can pardon himself.  Most scholars believe there is no Constitutional reason that he can't, unless he is int he subject of impeachment proceedings.  It is very likely the matter would be litigated, but, again, most legal observers believe that it is allowable.

Handful of Dust's picture

She should be found in contempt immediately. If Congress does not have the power then move their ass and get a special prosecutor. What the heck has our nation become when the so-called head of the "Justice Department" pleads the Fifth?!

Escrava Isaura's picture

Déjà vu, French pronunciation: ?[de.?a.vy]) from French, literally "already seen", is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past.

The Iran–Contra affair, also referred to as Irangate, Contragate or the Iran–Contra scandal, was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo.[3] They hoped thereby to secure the release of several U.S. hostages and to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.


LetThemEatRand's picture

The fact that Hillary is still a viable candidate says everything you need to know about American politics.  Let's face it -- the public doesn't care about the scandals or even outright criminality unless committed by the other Team.  

PS  that you're getting downvoted for pointing out a verifiable fact is also telling.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Hedgers can be stubborn sometime.


BabaLooey's picture

I did not down-vote him.

He's right. BUT....

Iran Contra was a different bag of shit. Shit - but different.

More like strands of stinky logs.

The current shit is like diarrhea. It just keeps spewing out.

Log shit vs. Runny shit.

Refresh my memory - did the AG Meese essentially plead the fifth?

NO. He resigned. In disgrace.

EXACTLY what should happen here as well.

Lastly, IMO- Brazil face is most likely being down-voted for being.......him.

His reputation for being what is merits him with a drive-by down arrow from numerous on here.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Lastly, IMO- Brazil face is most likely being down-voted for being.......him."

Probably true.  It's too bad, because he has some interesting things to say.  I often disagree with his viewpoint, but he brings a different perspective and that's a good thing.  Sometimes ZH is an echo chamber, which I've been guilty of lately as well.

BabaLooey's picture

I agree - this site becomes a walk in a canyon at times.

The "chamber" has heightened lately, what with the stream of Cank-effluvium spewing out from all orifices.

He does bring a different perspective, and I usually do not arrow him either way.

I up arrow or down when the post is well thought out.

The trolls/asstards? On a case by case basis.

This is not my first rodeo here. Been around a while. Sharp veterans here can surmise my former moniker.

I fire back when he goes off the ledge, as I expect to be ripped for getting too verbose from time to time.



vic and blood's picture

I thought somebody said Brazil face is a girl a couple days ago.

shovelhead's picture

If it isn't it ought to be.

Drinking unicorn piss is a ladies cocktail.

TeamDepends's picture

Brazil Nut only tells half the story. It was guns down, cocaine back. Into Mena, Arkansas. Where our favorite HilBillies would run interference. Poor Ronnie Reagan was the unwitting middleman, and when he objected Bush 1 capped him through family friend Hinckley. The Bushes are voting Clinton this year, what a surprise.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'm sure there's a lot to the story we'll never know.  But if you think Reagan was just an unwitting middleman -- which means that the hero to many Republicans was just a potted plant -- why do you even bother supporting Trump?  

TeamDepends's picture

Never said Reagan was a potted plant, Bush had a gun at his back and used it, so.......why would we vote for Trump? Why did you vote for Obama eight years ago?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Reagan was shot in 1981.  Iran Contra was in 1987.  So your premise is that Reagan was in a hostage situation (himself being the hostage, held by Bush I) from 1981 until 1988, or most of his Presidency.  Yet you think he's a hero.  

I voted for Obama in 2008 because there was a small chance he was going to change this shit show after 8 years of Bush II, and I knew that McCain would not.  I was wrong about the first part.  

I've already voted for Trump (early ballot) because there's a small chance he will change this shit show.  Note that I'm a registered Democrat, and therefore Hillary's camp will count my vote for her (because they assume early voter Democrats are voting Blue).  And I'm in a swing state (Florida).  So when you see them touting high early voting for Blue Team, keep me in mind.  They won't like the ballot, if they count it.

TeamDepends's picture

We said Reagan was an "unwitting middleman", never that he was our hero. We asked you why did you vote Obama (we knew the answer) because you asked why do we support Trump (same reasons). So we are on the same side! Hell yeah, high fives!

Bay Area Guy's picture

Thank you.  I thought the timeline was Reagan was shot early in his term and that Iran Contra was late in his term, but I was too lazy to look it up.

In terms of your potted plant comment, I'd also point out that when questioned about Iran Contra, Mr. Reagan's response was "I think I don't remember", which, given his later diagnosis of Alzheimers, is heartbreaking.

Escrava Isaura's picture

I only tell half of the story because I am just half intelligent. The best half is up to you.


JohnG's picture

At least the troll admits it is stupid....

BarkingCat's picture

The down vote from me is for the fact that his side trip into the 1980s is completely irrelevant to the current situation.


It is like a little child defending his bad behavior by saying that "Johnny did it first".

LetThemEatRand's picture

My downvote is for the fact that you don't understand that the corruption has existed since before you were born.  You must understand that to even begin to develop a solution.  Hillary is corrupt.  Bush I was corrupt.  Bill Clinton was corrupt.  Reagan was corrupt (I don't buy the potted plant explanation).  Bush II was corrupt.  Nixon was corrupt.  Johnson was corrupt.  Ford was corrupt.  Obama is corrupt. 

Our system is corrupt.  Voting probably doesn't matter.  I'm giving it one last go with Trump.  I'd say there is a less than 1% chance he changes anything, but that's better than zero.

WillyGroper's picture

wrong grasshopper.

drugs & arms is what was sold to the public.

again, it was uranium.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Iran’s nuclear program was born, supplied, and trained in and by the US while MIT students were protesting against it.


FredFlintstone's picture

You are not serious are you? Iran-Contra is like a misdemeanor compared to the host of felonies currently taking place. Kind of like the Sharks and Jets of West Side Story compared to the Bloods & Crips MS-13.

Escrava Isaura's picture

I don’t know if I agree with your statement. Iran Contras intent was to bypass US laws and public opinions. Not much different than the current situation.

Iran used to be under British control till WW2. US took it from the British but then lost to its indigenous population. US knows that trying another coup won’t work all the while needing that oil to be sold in dollars, with US business presence in Iran, and to America.

Good luck succeeding in all three fronts, because these are not small tasks.  


Urban Roman's picture

Any chance Brazil will get its progressive, sort-of non-corrupt elected president back?

Or is the coup gang completely cemented into office by now?