Bernie Sanders Opens Door for Obama Prosecution Over Iran Cash

We’ll be watching to see when you notify the Department of Justice of the need to prosecute President Obama because, of course, he isn’t above the law. No matter who he is.
Bernie Sanders Opens Door for Obama Prosecution Over Iran Cash 1

“No president can be above the law, no matter who you are.”

So spoke Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, the other day, as clearly captured in this video:

Oh, the irony.

In saying this, Senator Sanders – and he isn’t alone on the Democrats’ side in saying this – has just opened the door to a move to prosecute former President Obama. How and why?

As I have noted here and at The American Spectator, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, in a detailed 2016 article at National Review, has detailed exactly that the infamous transfer of cash to the Iranian mullahs by then-President Obama wasn’t simply a classic case of paying a ransom.

It was also illegal. A blatant violation of the law.

Specifically, McCarthy says Obama violated Section 560.204 of the “ITSR” – the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations section of “the Code of Federal Regulations that implements anti-terrorism sanctions initiated by President Clinton.” Which is – federal law. That section of the law reads:

“The exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, technology, or services to Iran or the Government of Iran is prohibited. [Emphasis added.]”

Then there’s Section 560.203 of the same federal regulations. Which clearly say this, bold print for emphasis supplied.


Evasions; attempts; causing violations; conspiracies: . . . Any transaction . . . that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this part is prohibited. . . . Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this part is prohibited.

And what, exactly, are the legal penalties for violating these federal regulations. McCarthy yet again gets specific, citing Section 560.701. Which says:

“(c) Criminal penalty

A person who willfully commits, willfully attempts to commit, or willfully conspires to commit, or aids or abets in the commission of, an unlawful act described in subsection (a) shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000,000, or if a natural person, may be imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.”

So, what Bernie Sanders has done, clearly unknowingly, is open the door to the prosecution of Barack Obama for “willfully” engaging in the commission of the “unlawful act” of sending that cash – something of value – to Iran.

Recall again, Bernie said this, right there on videotape.

“No president can be above the law, no matter who you are.”

Message received, Senator.

We’ll be watching to see when you notify the Department of Justice of the need to prosecute President Obama because, of course, he isn’t above the law. No matter who he is.


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