Columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer blasted the Obama administration for its payment of $400 million to Iran, calling it out as a form of “money laundering.”
A new report revealed that the Department of Justice had objected to the payment being made to Tehran in January as four American detainees were released by Iran, fearing it would make the U.S. appear like it was paying a ransom for hostages. The objections were reportedly overruled by the State Department, as the White House secretly airlifted $400 million in cash.
“Of course the Justice Department objected. It was illegal,” Krauthammer said on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Wednesday.
“It was illegal. It isn’t only the optics. 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,” he said.
“The reason that it was objected to by Justice, 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,” Krauthammer said.
“If a private company had done this, this is called money laundering. The CEO would be in jail right now.”