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Time to Take Iran Seriously, Joe: GOP Lawmakers Demand Transparency on Deal Talks.

House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees Say No More Secrets.

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All the news out of the Iran nuclear deal talks has been bad. It’s so bad, in fact, that both sides of the aisle are now seriously concerned that the Biden Administration will commit another unforced error on the international stage.

Last month, lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) signaled that it wasn’t just GOP members who didn’t like the state of the talks.

“We’re in the minority. But there are a lot of Democrats who don’t like this deal,” McCaul said, adding “I was doing a whip count —it was not good for the administration.”

Now, the GOP members of the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees have penned a letter to President Biden demanding transparency —before it’s too late.

“With uncertainty surrounding the status of the negotiation, the American people have a right to know what their diplomats agreed to in Vienna, what alternatives your administration is considering, and how you intend to address the wider range of threats from Iran—including its increasingly dangerous missile and drone programs and taking American hostages,” a letter obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon read.

In the year that the Biden Administration has been negotiating the (terrible) deal, it has refused to brief Congress in an open setting, preferring to hold classified briefings instead —and those briefings only came after members of Congress made enough noise.

Republican representatives Claudia Tenney (NY), María Elvira Salazar (FL.), Greg Steube (FL.), Ronny Jackson (TX), and Don Bacon (NE) say these briefings are “not enough.”

“To date only closed-door classified briefings have been provided to Congress. This is a start, but it is not enough. Special Envoy Robert Malley works for the American people, and he should answer to them,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “On behalf of the American people, we therefore urge you to ask these senior officials to appear before a public hearing to provide crucial transparency about your plans and efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran.”

“We call upon your administration to uphold its commitments and testify openly on negotiations in front of the full House Foreign Affairs Committee immediately, before any deal is agreed in Vienna or talks collapse,” the letter concludes.

Meanwhile, the New York Post is reporting an “ongoing threat” against U.S. officials from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard —at the same time Iran is using the nuclear talks to force the U.S. to lift sanctions on the terrorist group.

“Is it true the IRGC is actively trying to murder former senior officials of the United States,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

“I’m not sure what I can say in an open setting,” Blinken said. “Let me say generically, there is an ongoing threat against American officials both present and past.”

That’s a “yes.” 

We need transparency around these talks —the stakes have never been higher.