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Cotton Statement on Reports Confirming the U.S. held the $400 Million Payment to Iran Until Four Prisoners Were Released

August 18, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on new reports confirming the United States held the $400 million payment to Iran until four prisoners were released:

"Reports today confirm what many of us have suspected all along: the $400 million payment to Iran was a ransom payment for four Americans unlawfully held by the ayatollahs. And we now know the extraordinary lengths to which the Obama administration went to ensure this payment happened, including lifting sanctions on Iranian Air just one day before the transfer. Unfortunately, it's not just the American people who received confirmation: it's also terrorist groups and our adversaries around the world who know the United States will pay cold, hard cash for hostages. Again and again this administration gets caught dodging and weaving to avoid the truth. But the echo chamber isn't going to help the president here. When my Senate colleagues and I get back into session, the administration will no longer be able to hide from giving Americans straight answers."