Wagner: Cash Payment to Iran was Ransom

Sep 27, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) attended a classified briefing held by representatives of the U.S. Departments of State, Justice and Treasury following the Obama Administration’s inability to publicly answer Congressional questions in regard to the recent ransom deal with Iran. After the classified briefing, Congresswoman Wagner released the following statement:

“After a near two-hour classified briefing, I am more certain than ever that the Obama Administration paid a cash ransom to Iran for the release of American hostages. This was a negotiated deal where our leaders caved to the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, despite a long-standing national policy to never pay ransom for hostages. The Administration engaged in a reckless transaction, which sets a dangerous precedent for the future of our country, further weakens relations with our allies, emboldens our enemies, and most importantly, puts American lives in danger around the world.”

Congresswoman Wagner recently questioned officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Treasury during a Financial Services Committee Oversight and Investigations hearing focused on the Obama Administration’s deal with Iran.