New Information on Cash to Iran, No Response from Deborah Ross | Beaufort County Now | In light of the new details today on the $1.3 billion cash payment to Iran, it’s important to point out that Deborah Ross, a candidate for the United States Senate, has not made a single mention of the Iran ransom payment since the initial Wall Street Journal story on August 3rd

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    Raleigh, NC     In light of the new details today on the $1.3 billion cash payment to Iran, it's important to point out that Deborah Ross, a candidate for the United States Senate, has not made a single mention of the Iran ransom payment since the initial Wall Street Journal story on August 3rd. Ross has not mentioned her support for the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal and she is one of the only candidates in the country running for U.S. Senate that hasn't weighed in on the Iran ransom payment. It's time for Deborah Ross to make her position on the payment clear to North Carolina voters and explain to them why she still stands by providing funding to the largest state-sponsor of terrorism.

    Here is a detailed rundown of Ross' repeated avoidance over the last 35 days since the initial story about the secret Iran ransom payment was announced:

August 3rd

    Wall Street Journal Gives The First Report On The Secret $400 Million Cash Payment

    WSJ: U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

  • "The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward."

    Senator Burr Responds To News Of The Payment

    Senator Burr: Well let me just say this: It alarms me as the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee that something of this magnitude was not briefed to me-not only prior to the exchange, but since the exchange. Only through, in this case, the Wall Street Journal did the American people know the truth about what was committed by the American government to the Iranian government.

    Deborah Ross Doesn't Address The Issue

    Burr Campaign: Obama Administration's Secret $400 Million Payment To Iran Is Bad News For Deborah Ross

August 10th

    A Week Later, Still No Mention From Ross

    Burr Campaign: Ross Remains Silent On The $400 Million Iran Payment

August 19th

    The Associated Press Reports That U.S. Officials Confirmed The Ransom Payment

    AP: US Says $400M To Iran Was Contingent On Release Of Prisoners

  • "The Obama administration said Thursday that a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners.
  • "It is the first time the U.S. has so clearly linked the two events, which critics have painted as a hostage-ransom arrangement.

    Senator Burr Responds To The New Details Surrounding The Iran Payment

    Asheville Citizen-Times: Burr, Tillis Criticize State Dept. Over Iran Payment

  • "North Carolina's two U.S. senators are criticizing the Obama administration after a State Department official said Thursday that $400 million in cash paid to Iran was linked to the release of three Americans that Iran held.
  • "'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,' Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement Thursday."

    New Details, But Deborah Ross Still Doesn't Address The Ransom Payment

    Burr Campaign: Will Deborah Ross Ever Comment On The Iran Ransom Payment?

September 7th

    U.S. Officials Reveal $1.3 Billion In Cash Was Sent To Iran After The Initial Payment...No Comment From Deborah Ross

    WSJ: U.S. Transferred $1.3 Billion More In Cash To Iran After Initial Payment

  • "The Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 million in cash sent to Iran in January with two more such shipments in the next 19 days, totaling another $1.3 billion, according to congressional officials briefed by the U.S. State, Treasury and Justice departments."

    Still No Word From Deborah Ross...

  • Contact: Jesse Hunt

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