Joe Biden “Hiding Agreement” With Iran

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) have said that the Biden Administration is hiding an agreement with Iran from lawmakers as the US is engaged in diplomatic negotiations with the terror regime in Vienna.

On Friday, it was reported that Russia became involved in the negotiations by offering an interim nuclear deal to Iran. American officials were alleged to know about the proposal to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for some limitation on its nuclear development programs. The Iranians were reported to have rejected the offer, claiming it would instead hold out for a more wide-ranging agreement that will not only lift sanctions but will provide it with billions in cash.

A ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, McCaul told the Washington Free Beacon that “Russia is attempting to take the lead in the negotiations with Iran.” He added that the agreement had been “kept secret” from Congress.

Stefanik said that the Biden White House is even more secretive than the Obama Administration was about the process. She said that Obama officials at least maintained contact with members of Congress to try to sell the nuclear agreement as a good deal. She said that now there is essentially “no communication” on the issue.

The latest alleged proposal indicates that the US is working with other nations to create a renewed version of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Congressional Republicans are saying that the Biden Administration has ignored repeated requests for briefings on the status of the negotiations and the details of a proposed new agreement.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Review Act, passed in 2015, requires the White House to present any renewed nuclear agreement to Congress before it is signed. That law was enacted after the Obama Administration entered into the original agreement with little congressional involvement or oversight.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) told reporters that there are two big reasons why the secret agreement is concerning. He said that it creates a conflict of interest with Russia because of the ongoing threat of an invasion into Ukraine, and the process also violates the Review Act. He demanded that the Administration immediately stop the “simultaneous surrender” to Russia and Iran.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters after meeting with Russia’s foreign minister that he hopes that the Russians will “use their influence” with Iran to help put a new deal together. He added that he believes Russia shares “our sense of urgency.”