Democrats fear Trump’s CIA Chief Mike Pompeo

Democrats fear Trump’s CIA Chief Mike Pompeo

Pompeo will dig into Obama’s suspicious intel practices

U.S. Senate Democrats, led by New York’s Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, argued that a CIA director are dragging their feet on confirming Rep. Mike Pompeo. They — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut and others –claim Pompeo has “controversial views on surveillance and other issues that need to be debated on the floor.” But more than one observer, such as former military intelligence officer and police commander Larry McIntire, believe they fear a CIA run by Pompeo because of the shenanigans by President Barack Obama’s CIA appointees and supporters.

“Democrat lawmakers appear to be concerned – even fearful — that one of their fellow members of Congress will be confirmed to head of the Central Intelligence Agency. But it will take an Obama-sized ‘skeleton in his closet’ to stop U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo’s rise to the government position he has worked his entire life to achieve,” said the now retired McIntire. “I’d say that Pompeo may open a new can of worms especially when it comes to the Obama and [Secretary of State John] Kerry nuclear weapons agreement with Iran,” he noted.

The great fear many Democrats have is that Pompeo may attempt to finish a probe as the Director on Central that he started while he served on the House Intelligence Committee: the big pay-off to Iran.

But the Democrats are having a hard time finding something to put the kibosh on the confirmation. The Republican congressman possess quite a resume.

Pompeo while still a teenager shined as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In fact, he graduated first in his class from the academy in 1986. According to his official biography, he also graduated from Harvard’s School of Law and easily passed the bar exam.

His military record includes serving as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division. He served his last tour of duty in the first war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The 7th Cavalry is considered an elite unit going back to the Indian Wars in the 1800s.

As a House Intelligence Committee member, Pompeo said only a few weeks ago that he has additional evidence that the Obama administration weaseled its way around U.S. sanctions law when it sent $1.7 billion to Iran, according to news reports.

Rep. Pompeo is on the record stating disclosures made to him by the Treasury Department in a letter that the first $400 million cash payment to Iran was wired to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then electronically-transferred to an account at the National Bank of Switzerland.

The Federal Reserve followed up by “withdraw[ing] the funds from its account as Swiss franc banknotes and the U.S. government physically transported them to Geneva” before overseeing the handover to an Iranian central bank official.

GOP lawmakers have been probing the legality of the payments for months to determine if the money was ransom for the release of American prisoners who were held hostage in the Islamic Republic, but Pompeo says, “[This] administration has not provided most of the information [being sought] by the committee members. By stonewalling our inquiries, President Obama seems to be hiding whether or not he and others broke U.S. law by sending $1.7 billion in cash to Iran,” Pompeo told the news media at the time.

“Americans can plainly see that the Obama administration laundered this money in order to circumvent U.S. law and appease the Islamic Republic of Iran,” He accused.

Other critics of the transfer, such as the American Action Forum, say that Iran has used tens of millions of the $1.7 billion it received from the U.S. to bolster its worldwide terrorism operations, including giving funds to organizations which have murdered American citizens.

As a teenager, he enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986. According to his official biography, he then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division. He served his last tour in the Gulf War under President George H.W. Bush.

The House Intelligence Committee member says he has additional evidence that the Obama administration skirted U.S. sanctions law when it sent $1.7 billion to Iran, according to reports.

Rep. Mike Pompeo said disclosures made to him by the Treasury Department in a letter, after he requested details of the money transfer, show that the first $400 million cash payment to Iran was wired to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) and then moved to an account at the Swiss National Bank.

FRBNY then “withdrew the funds from its account as Swiss franc banknotes and the U.S. government physically transported them to Geneva” before overseeing the handover to an Iranian central bank official.

Congress has been looking into the legality of the payments for months to determine as well if they were ransom for the release of Americans who were held in the Islamic Republic, but Pompeo says the administration has not provided most of the information they seek.

“By withholding critical details and stonewalling congressional inquiries, President Obama seems to be hiding whether or not he and others broke U.S. law by sending $1.7 billion in cash to Iran,” Pompeo told the Free Beacon.

“But Americans can plainly see that the Obama administration laundered this money in order to circumvent U.S. law and appease the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Other critics of the transfer, such as the American Action Forum (AAF), say that Iran has used tens of millions of the $1.7 billion it received from the U.S. to bolster its worldwide terrorism operations, including giving funds to organizations which have murdered American citizens.

In her report, AAF’s Rachel Hoff wrote: When the Obama Administration sent Iran a total of $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, many questioned if these payment constituted a “ransom” for the release of American prisoners. The State Department, however, insists the payment was only used as “leverage” to ensure the prisoners were released. (The United States has a longstanding policy that it does not pay ransoms for American prisoners or hostages.) The nature of the cash transfers to Iran is an important question, but it is also worth considering the payment itself.

Iran recently passed a law requiring that the $1.7 billion U.S. payment be directed to the Iranian military. Previous AAF research reported that Iran reports spending 65 percent of its military budget on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iranian elite paramilitary force. The IRGC actively supports terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East, spending millions of dollars every year to support the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza. Iran also sends billions of dollars every year to the Assad regime in Syria.

It is unlikely that Iran accurately reports its military or paramilitary spending, but the reported budget figures are useful as a minimum baseline. Applying the official spending levels to the U.S. payment to Iran, the $1.7 billion could mean $1.1 billion for the IRGC. Paying ransoms in exchange for Americans held abroad is one bad policy—indirectly funding terrorism is another.

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News With Views Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri. Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Email: [email protected]


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