Yeah, that extortion payment to Iran was basically a felony

Yeah, that extortion payment to Iran was basically a felony
The pallets-of-cash scene from the video that definitely exists, about the event that definitely took place, which Donald Trump may or may not have seen. (Image: Screen grab of Daily Mail video clip from Iranian TV documentary)

[Ed. – It’s obvious — but it bears laying out.  If any other American did what Obama did on 17 January 2016 — launder money in order to make a cash payment to Iran, REGARDLESS OF WHY — he’d be prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.  Read the whole thing at the link.]

At a press conference Thursday, Obama remarkably explained, “The reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran.” Really Mr. President? The whole point of sanctions is to prohibit and punish certain behavior. If you — especially you, Mr. President — do the precise thing that the sanctions prohibit, that is a strange way of being “so strict in maintaining” them. …

Terrorism-related sanctions against Iran trace back to the early 1980s, shortly after the jihadist regime overthrew the shah, stormed the American embassy, took hostages, and triggered Hezbollah’s killing sprees. But the sanctions most relevant for present purposes stem from President Clinton’s 1995 invocation of federal laws that deal with national emergencies caused by foreign aggression. …

To this day, Iran remains on our government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. Clinton’s state-of-emergency declaration has been annually renewed ever since. Let that sink in: Notwithstanding Obama’s often shocking appeasement of Tehran, he has been renewing the state of emergency since 2009 — most recently, just five months ago.

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