Senate Intel Committee Chairman Burr Statement on State Dept. Admission that $400 Million Payment to Iran was Tied to Hostage Release

August 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the State Department’s admission that the timing of the release of U.S. hostages in Iran was tied to a $400 million cash delivery:

“Today, the Administration finally admitted what we all knew to be true, that the State Department 'timed' the release of $400 million to Iran to coincide with the release of American prisoners.  This Administration continues to endanger Americans at home and abroad by releasing known terrorists, conducting dangerous prisoner exchanges, and enabling the nefarious activities of a designated state sponsor of terrorism.  Decisions like these are putting our nation and our allies at risk."