Pastor Saeed Abedini, one of the four American hostages released by Iran on January 16, said that their plane was loaded and ready for departure, but clearance was withheld for hours pending the arrival of another aircraft.
Would that be the one from the United States containing $400 million in cash that the Obama administration claimed was not a ransom?
Pastor Abedini, a hostage freed the night we sent $400M to Iran says that money is going to be used for bad things! pic.twitter.com/cXoqtqcl7U
— Trish Regan Intel (@TrishIntel) August 4, 2016
When the hostages boarded the plane that was going to take them to the United States, they were told they’d be departing in 20 minutes. But that 20 minutes turned into an all nighter.
“They told us ‘you’re going to be there for 20 minutes,’ but it took like hours and hours,” Abedini told Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan Thursday. “We slept at the airport.”
Later, when Regan guest hosted “Your World” on Fox News Channel, Fox News anchor Bret Baier told her the second plane sounded like it could have been the cargo plane loaded with $400 million worth of euros, Swiss francs, and other foreign currencies.
“Talk about evidence of a quid pro quo or ransom,” Baier said. “This is circumstantial, but it does time up with what that man was experiencing on the plane. As you look at that plane sitting there waiting to go until the other one lands.”
The Obama administration has denied the money paid to Iran on the same day the Americans were released was a ransom paid for their release as Republicans have charged, and that the timing of the two actions were coincidental. The money was a down payment on a longstanding legal dispute with Iran, according to the White House.
It must have all been a coincidence, huh?
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