Monday, Aug 22, 2016


Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, today issued a statement to announce his intention to hold in September an oversight hearing on the Administration’s January 2016 airlifted payment of $400 million in difficult-to-trace foreign cash to the Iranian regime as a quid pro quo for the release of American hostages.

“Just as the Administration last week reversed seven months of fierce denial that the $400 million foreign cash payment in any way related to Iran’s release of American hostages, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced the formation of a new terrorist ‘Shi’ite Liberation Army’ under Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani to fight in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen,” said Senator Kirk, who chairs the Senate Banking Subcommittee with oversight of the Treasury Department, Iran sanctions laws and terrorist financing. “The American people have a right to know if any U.S. taxpayer money sent to Iran is going to finance the new ‘Shi’ite Liberation Army,’ Hezbollah or Hamas terrorists targeting our allies in Israel, or any other Iranian terrorist activities.”

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