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New details emerge about illegal actions Obama took to secure Iran deal

Congressional and foreign policy critics of former President Barack Obama’s engagement with Iran have long suspected there was much more to it than just a “nuclear agreement” that many felt was a bad deal for the U.S. and our friends in the Middle East.

Some believed that Obama worked to directly undermine the lone democracy in the region and long-standing American ally, Israel, as evidenced by his oft-contentious meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, some two years after the 44th president has left office, we’ve learned that the critics were right to suspect him.

Not only did Obama push through the nuclear deal in violation of federal statutes and without the constitutional requirement of Senate treaty approval, it appears as though he attempted to undermine the Israeli government as he did the incoming Trump administration.

An analysis published recently in the Columbia Law Review laid out several instances where the Obama regime failed to meet legal and constitutional standards in the pursuit of a nuclear deal at any cost.

What’s more, the analysis points out that the Obama administration not only spied on Israel — which isn’t altogether irregular because Israel conducts similar operations against the U.S. and other allies — but also critics of the Iran deal, which included private pro-Israel organizations and members of Congress, in clear violation of U.S. surveillance laws.

“The Obama Administration’s efforts to sign and implement a nuclear agreement with Iran with limited if any congressional input, and at times in violation of federal law, is a particularly important example of Democratic constitu­tional hardball,” the CLR noted.

“To sell the deal,” the analysis continued, “the Administration found it necessary to lie to the American public about its origins. The Administration began secret negotiations with Iran in mid-2012.” (Related: Is the NSA still SPYING on American citizens? New IG report warns of ‘increased RISK’ to civil liberties.)

At the time, James Rosen, then Fox News’ chief White House correspondent, asked about the negotiations, but was rebuffed — lied to — by a State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, who said “government-to-government” talks were not underway (they were). What’s more, the State Department later deliberately cut out the embarrassing questions from a press briefing video, The Washington Post reported.



Obama administration officials claimed that talks with Iran began in 2013 as a means of taking advantage of “a new political reality” in Iran that occurred following elections that allegedly brought “moderates” to power (there are no “moderates” in Iran; the country is run by its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, an Islamic hardliner).

“As David Samuels reported in the New York Times Magazine, this story of nascent moderation in the Iranian government ‘was largely manufactured for the purpose for selling the deal,’” the CLR analysis said.

The analysis added:

The Obama Administration also spied on U.S. opponents of the Iran deal, both in Congress and in private pro-Israel organizations. Pro-Israel activists reported that the Administration seemed to know exactly what they were saying and doing, and acted accordingly. There have also been serious allegations that the Obama Administration undermined federal law enforcement efforts against the Hezbollah terrorist group to placate Hezbollah’s Iranian backers.

As for Israel, the White House directed U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on Netanyahu in particular over concerns that he would manage to successfully derail the nuclear deal, which he vehemently opposed, even to the point of going directly to the U.S. Congress in an appeal for rejection.

The Wall Street Journal reported that despite Obama’s pledge to curb spying on allies following the 2013 revelations of NSA surveillance by Edward Snowden, his administration kept its eye on Netanyahu anyway.

“That raised fears—an ‘Oh-s— moment,’ one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress,” the paper said.

It’s difficult to know just how extensive the Obama regime’s unconstitutional, illegal activities were in regard to a nuclear deal it went to great lengths to make, but one thing is certain: Trump’s decision to leave it appears to be the correct one.

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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12 Comments on New details emerge about illegal actions Obama took to secure Iran deal

  1. When is Obama — and Hillary — going to be Electorcuted, or shot by a Firing Squad ?

  2. * Electrocuted

  3. They are even BIGGER $kumbaggs than LBJ was — and one of the biggest tragedies in American History is that he was allowed to die peacefully, of natural causes, without ever having been made to PAY FOR his entire lifetime of crime ( including MANY murders — and I’m NOT EVEN talking here about the many lives of our young men he sacrificed, for his own, and his buddies, gain, in the Vietnam War ).

    Let’s NOT make the same mistake of omission, with Obama & Hillary

  4. Wow! Obama sure is lucky he isn’t a Republican! He’d be in BIG trouble!

    • First you have to wake up the President who seems to think he needs to keep away from Mueller as his primary duty. He is absolutely wrong in t his judgment and it will end his Presidency in the end.

  5. Does it matter? Why should we even bother to read what Obama did? The President seems to have relinquished his Presidency so as to stay away from Mueller. What will it take to see some simple law enforcement? I give up

  6. Obama followed orders issued by the corrupt Deep State via his Communist handler Valerie Jarrett. Gitmo awaits.

  7. ALL the ‘violations as Potus Obama did as a Dictator, with a Congress that did NOT hold him
    responsible, because HE was a Serial Liar, but accepted by the complicit Liberal Leftist Media who adored his EVERY action and words.’ Isn’t it strange how they STILL ignore the many crimes of Obama AND Hillary-calling it ‘old news’, but Make Up Lies pertaining to the POTUS Trump, because there are STILL too many in the ‘Deep State who continue to TRY to Cover Up for Obama, Hillary, and that WHOLE CORRUPT REGIME.”

    At least what President Trump does is because he Loves America And our American Citizens-unlike the prior adm. who were ‘Anti-America’ and sought a weakening of this Republic, Our Military, Shredded our Constitution that is in place to PROTECT American
    Citizens FROM Government Dictators as Obama was allowed to become.

    My money is on Trump, who has outsmarted ALL of these Bad Actors who try to “tie him up in Their Schemes to Bring Him Down, but he perseveres IN SPITE OF THEM ALL, AS THEY
    REALLY ARE ACTING AGAINST HIM, TO COVER UP THEIR OWN CRIMINALITY….THE
    Mueller So called investigation is to “continue to try to remove a Sitting POTUS from office, but PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TOUGH, AND HE HAS NOTHING TO HIDE-UNLIKE OBAMA!

    • We have been in a State of Declared War, since 09/11/2001 — it has never been lifted, so it is still active.

      Additionally, Trump, last year, also enacted a State of Declared National Emergency ( 12/20/2017)

      With BOTH of these conditions being ACTIVE, President Trump’s plan is to Declare a temporary State of Martial Law, & then to issue mass arrests of a number of prominent Deep-State Traitors, & then to try them for tTeason under Military Tribunals ( NOT CIVILIAN COURTS — & NOT arrested & detained by Civilian Police ! ). This is justified & lawful because the acts which have been — & are still being committed — against the United States of America by these Deep-State traitors are Acts of Treason, committed during a Time of BOTH, Declared War, AND Declared National Emergency.

      And . . . MILITARY POLICE, & MILITARY TRIBUNALS DO NOT FOOL AROUND !

      President Trum has decided to go to bat for America, & utterly destroy the Anti-American Deep-State crime-ring that has been working FOR YEARS, to destroy this Nation
      & to end its National Sovereignty. THIS will be Trump’s LEGACY.

  8. and WE THE PEOPLE WILL STAND WITH THE PRESIDENT, but when those LAWLESS COMMUNIST DEMORATS take over the house next month, we had BETTER BE READY TO ACT.

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