$400-Million Cash Payment To Iran Raises Questions, Becomes Political Issue

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U.S. journalist Jason Rezaian gestures next to his wife Yeganeh Salehi as he poses for media people in front of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, shortly after being released from an Iranian prison. (Michael Probst/AP)

News that the Obama Administration paid $400 million in cash to Iran in January, at the time when four Americans detained in Iran were released, continues to raise questions about the purpose of the transfer.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest denied contentions from Republicans that the money was a ransom payment. He said the payment resolved a financial dispute between the two countries. Donald Trump says the transfer is an example of the failed foreign policy of the Obama Administration.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses the latest with business journalist Ali Velshi.


Ali Velshi, business journalist. He tweets @alivelshi.

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