Krauthammer on Obama Administration Iran Payment: “Can they not stop lying about this?”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer  said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the Obama Administration’s acknowledgement it paid $1.3 billion in interest to Iran just days after sending the $400 million hard currency raises the question “can they not stop lying about this?”

The Obama administration acknowledged on Wednesday paying $1.3 billion in interest to Iran in January, two days after sending $400 million in cash to Teheran as principal to settle a decades old dispute over undelivered military equipment. On January 17 the administration sent the $400 million in cash - a combination of foreign currency, including euros -  but the move has been scrutinized since it was used as leverage for the release of four Americans held prisoner by Iran. The administration has maintained that the payment was not a ransom for the four Americans  as critics allege, and the State Department would not elaborate on the January 19 payment due to diplomatic concerns.

In a press conference August 4, President Obama said “we do not have a banking relationship with Iran that we couldn't send them a check and we could not wire the money. And it is not at all clear to me why it is that cash, as opposed to a check or a wire transfer, has made this into a new story. “

But Krauthammer says the revelation that the administration was send funds – not hard currency -  to Iran just two days later raises more questions than it answers: “The president says that we have to send the 400 million in cash because we don't have a banking relationship and we can't write a check. Two days later, they wire the money or they send a check through the banking system, uh, and you say we couldn't do it because of sanctions, well the sanctions were still in place two days later.

“This is one lie after another, and it's an administration attempting to cover its tracks, not because anything illegal happened here, although that's possible, but because it's hugely embarrassing. And it just, I mean Iran has been taking advantage of this knowing that this administration can be walked all over humiliated be forced to abandon all its red lines, for example can launch missiles, we say and do nothing, with impunity.”

Rosen: Evidence in Hillary’s Email Scandal

James Rosen discussed Hillary Clinton’s email scandal Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” saying the FBI “made very clear that their investigation was limited to the handling of the classified information and not even the content of the emails” and in regards to the Clinton Foundation “the FBI demurred on that point.”

While challenging his fellow panelist Charles Krauthammer, Rosen added, “he states that there isn't yet any evidence that have been arrayed of any kind of actual pay for play except for the facetimes and the meetings and the phone calls.”

Questions about Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State have dogged Clinton's White House run and triggered an FBI probe that found she was “extremely careless” with sensitive information by using a private server but recommended against bringing charges.

While Clinton leads in the polls nationally and key battleground states, the flood of stories regarding her private email server and donations to the Clinton Foundation demonstrate the former secretary of state won't be able to completely outrun voter skepticism.

 

Hayes: Clinton was ‘lying’ about Clinton Foundation favors

Fox News Contributor Stephen Hayes told viewers of "Special Report with Bret Baier” Monday that it is clear Hillary Clinton lied about The Clinton Foundation’s ties to the State Department.
 
“People are gonna try to dress this up and use all sorts of euphemisms for what she was doing to avoid saying she was lying,” said Hayes. 
 
A newly released email shows Bahrain was granted a meeting with the former Secretary of State after reaching out to The Clinton Foundation.
 
According to Hayes, the uproar over this issue will ultimately get blamed on Republicans.
 
“This isn't about Republicans,” said Hayes. “This is about Hillary Clinton having made repeated representations that have turned out to be false and we're seeing evidence that they were false in black and white.”
 

Charles Lane on Trump changing course on immigration, NATO: ‘Tacit concessions to his critics’

Washington Post opinion writer Charles Lane said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s pronouncement that, under his immigration policy, those who support hatred or bigotry will not be admitted to the United States was, in a word, ironic.

“This is a guy who, by Paul Ryan's account, made a racist statement about a federal judge based on his Mexican heritage and now is… calling for only admitting people who are free of intolerance. Very interesting,” he said.

More broadly, Lane said Trump’s comments in Youngtown, OH on immigration and supporting the NATO alliance were “tacit concessions to his critics.”

“The whole thing is revealing in it is backtracking. He is backtracking on the original Muslim ban, and now is sort of recasting it as extreme vetting based on values,” Lane said, adding, “Same as NATO, which he disparaged over and over again, and now he's talking about how great NATO is. He can say what he wants, but all of that is a result of the negative blowback his campaign suffered because of those previous statements.”

Krauthammer: Trump gave ‘classic Republican agenda’ in economic speech

Charles Krauthammer told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Monday that he thought Trump handled his major economic speech “reasonably well.”

“He gave the classic Republican agenda on economics: cut taxes. I think every Republican would agree,” said Krauthammer.

Trump previewed his economic plans during his Detroit speech, but also spent a large amount of the time attacking the policies of Hillary Clinton, his opponent, and attempted to paint her as a candidate of the past.

Krauthammer said what stood out to him is how strongly Trump reiterated his anti-trade stances.

“He's to the left of [Clinton] on trade and that leaves us with an election where there's nobody to defend trade,” said Krauthammer. “This is new in modern American political history.”

Krauthammer: Cash payment to Iran was “money laundering”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Special Report with Bret Baier that the $400 million of cash airlifted to Iran that coincided with the release of four US American hostages was "illegal." 

The State Department insisted that the payment was an installment for a failed arms deal from 1979 .

"It isn't only that they are just looking ridiculous in denying that it was a quid pro quo.  Obviously it wasn't a coincidence," Krauthammer said.

Iranian press reported that the delivery was ransom payment for the release of US prisoners, and one of the reasons the justice department raised objection to the deal. 

"There is a statute that prohibits us from engaging in Iran dealing with dollars so they had to print the money here, ship it over to Switzerland, turn it into Swiss francs and euros and ship it over to Iran."

"If a private company had done this, this is called money laundering. The CEO would be in jail right now," Krauthammer said . 

Krauthammer: Trump pivot ‘never comes’

Charles Krauthammer told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Tuesday that Donald Trump’s controversial remarks are, “a reflection of who he is.”

“Everybody expected the pivot to being Presidential, to being conciliatory, to bringing the party together and it never comes,” said Krauthammer.

Trump is under fire for his criticism of a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier’s parents, Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan, following their appearance at the Democratic National Convention. Many Republican leaders have denounced Trump’s remarks.

President Obama said Tuesday Trump is “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to be President.

“The only way that [Democrats] can win is to argue for the unfitness of the opponent for the office,” said Krauthammer. “Because if [Trump] crosses the threshold of fitness, he wins.” 

Hume: Controversy over Trump Russia comments ‘histrionic and hysterical’

Brit Hume told "Special Report with Bret Baier" viewers Wednesday that the reaction to Donald Trump's comments today were "a little histrionic and hysterical."

I a press conference, Trump appeared to appeal to Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. The Trump campaign ad surrogates are now on the defense, trying to explain away the candidate's remarks as a joke. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign says this has become a matter of national security.

Hume thinks Trump was not being serious in asking Russia to hack Clinton's server.

"...[He] was really just trying to stick it to Hillary Clinton for having so sloppily handled classified information, that is possible that her server was being subject to being hacked by the Russians and who knows who else," said Hume.

Charles Hurt on Democratic Convention Chaos: ‘An astonishing development to think, that a document dump like this could have the impact that it's had on this coronation

Washington Times columnist, Charles Hurt said Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the Wikileaks document dump of the DNC e-mails had a big impact on the DNC convention. "It's an astonishing development to think, that a document dump like this could have the impact that it's had on this coronation back here." He added that despite Hillary Clinton coming so close to the nomination she has had to overcome so many obstacles to secure the nomination. "I think it's hard to overstate how galling for Hillary Clinton to be here after 8 years ago coming this close to getting the nomination and then to have to fight tooth and nail through day one, day two and to have the kind of protests that she's endured, Nancy Pelosi got booed this morning at a California delegation event, Bernie Sanders can't even get thru a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton without getting booed." Hurt concluded "it's very, very tough for Hillary Clinton I think."

Krauthammer: Start of GOP convention is “rocky”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Monday on Special Report that the start of the GOP Convention in Cleveland can best be described as "rocky."

"It reflects the division in he party, far more than any convection we can remember," Krauthammer added. "It's usually a television show. Everything is scripted. It's not because there is a large segment that is anti-Trump.

Trump will make his first appearance at the convention this evening when he introduces his wife Melania, who will give a speech to the crowd Trump's children will speak during other evenings this week.

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