Congressional Republicans have hammered Joe Biden for the administration’s failure to obey a legal requirement to provide information to Congress showing how relieving Iran from official sanctions enables the enemy regime to conduct terror attacks.
Some foreign policy leadership positions have told the Washington Free Beacon that Biden is actively working to frustrate Congress’s oversight function. The implication is that the White House does not want the public or Congress to know how much money taking away financial sanctions provides to Tehran to fund terrorist organizations directly and restart the Iranian nuclear program.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and said that Biden thinks he is above the law and can “ignore a statute that mandates” he reveal the amount of money “he’s sending to terrorists.” Banks added that House conservatives will hold Biden accountable in 2023, implying what will happen if Republicans retake control of the House in November’s midterm elections.
In a recent press statement, Biden said that he would not obey the reporting requirement included in a bipartisan spending bill that he must report all money Iran receives if American economic sanctions are lifted. Biden said that complying with the law would involve sharing “susceptible classified information” that could reveal sources or military planning.
The reporting requirement was included in the National Defense Authorization Act. For the first time, he commands the executive to show how reducing Iranian sanctions provides funding to Iranian terror allies like Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Yemeni Houthi rebels.
Biden’s refusal to obey the law comes as the administration is ramping up attempts to reenter a “nuclear deal” with Iran. The administration reportedly uses sanctions relief to negotiate capital with the terrorist regime.
The administration also chooses not to comply with other NDAA reporting requirements, including detailing the full extent of military equipment and materials abandoned in Afghanistan when Biden ordered the chaotic withdrawal of all U.S. forces. Biden also refused to submit a required report on intelligence-sharing operations between the U.S. and the Taliban.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) said Republicans would not permit the refusals to stand. He said Biden is “not above the law” and refuses to obey the law he signed. Jackson added that Biden appears to be willing to go “all in” to rescue the Iranian nuclear deal and will even “wager Israel as a bargaining chip.”