In light of an investigative report from Politico revealing that the Obama administration lied about the prisoners the United States swapped with Iran over the nuclear deal with that nation. The White House called the prisoners “civilians” and even had some charges dropped against them.
In reality, some of them were accused by Obama’s own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware. As part of the deal, U.S. officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.
And in a series of unpublicized court filings, the Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives. The administration didn’t disclose their names or what they were accused of doing, noting only in an unattributed, 152-word statement about the swap that the U.S. “also removed any Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful.”
Carlson had Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on his show Tuesday night to discuss the Iran deal in light of Politico’s revelations. Carlson asked Swalwell if he had second thoughts knowing what we know now. The congressman refused to relent, spouting talking points and parroting the line that “we’re all safer now” because Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons (yet).
Then Carlson began to ask about specific prisoners, and Swalwell refused to alter his tune one bit.
[Carlson] asked Swalwell about one of the Iranian nationals released by Obama who was charged with fraudulently obtaining Federal Aviation Administration credentials.
“Why would someone like that get FAA credentials illegally? He got more than two years in prison,” Carlson said. “Why would we let a guy like that go?”
“Tucker, you got the wrong guy if you think I’m going to come here and defend Iran,” Swalwell said.
“But you voted for it,” Carlson shot back. “You say it made us safer. Why would letting a guy like that go free make us safer?”
Swalwell, however, continued to say the deal overall made America safer.
“I’m not saying you’re pro-Iran, what I’m saying is: You were hoodwinked,” Carlson said.
Swalwell would not back down from his support of the original deal, even as Carlson repeated the newly revealed truth that Congress was lied to in the course of presenting the deal. The congressman wound up essentially agreeing to disagree with Carlson.
It’s too bad. Don’t you know how refreshing it would have looked to see him admit that if he had to do it over again, he would have done it differently?
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