"The American people know the Iran deal is bad. I can tell you it's even worse than most people think." -Rep. Peter Roskam, R-IL
President-elect Donald Trump may release details of the Iranian nuclear
deal the Obama administration kept hidden from the public, The Daily Beast reported on Monday. (Photo via CBN News)
"The hidden Iran nuclear deal agreements the Obama admin doesn't want
you to see? Trump's team wants to release them," tweeted Tim Mak,
senior correspondent with The Daily Beast. "Unclassified
documents have been kept in in ultra-secure facilities usually used for
top secret matters. They could come out in January."
Though not classified, the documents were stored with top-secret
information in the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facilities
(SCIFs) complex on Capitol Hill.
The documents include communications by outgoing Secretary of State
John Kerry with other foreign ministers and details on "secret"
exemptions given to Iran by a commission appointed to oversee
implementation of the nuclear deal.
Also stored in the SCIF's complex is information detailing the terms
of the $1.7 billion U.S. Treasury payment given to Iran in exchange for
four American hostages, signed by senior State Department official Brett
McGurk. Anyone wishing to view those non-classified documents was
required to have a "confidential clearance."
"In the case of the Iran nuclear deal, there are many unclassified
documents that have been held by the Obama administration in tightly
controlled security environments that effectively make it impossible for
the public to see them," wrote Mak.
"The American people know the Iran deal is bad," Rep. Peter Roskam, R-IL, told The Daily Beast.
"I can tell you it's even worse than most people think. The Obama
administration has long known its position is indefensible so they've
chosen to hide unclassified documents from the public." That information
should be available to the public, he said.
The report also quotes a senior Republican congressional aide who
said, "The Obama administration didn't want wide readership and wanted
to create hurdles for congressional staff to see it."
"I hope when President Trump comes to office, he makes the Obama
administration the most transparent in history because they have not
been transparent," he added.