Did Obama Grant Thousands of Iranians Citizenship as Part of the Iran Deal?

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Posted: Jul 02, 2018 3:00 PM
Did Obama Grant Thousands of Iranians Citizenship as Part of the Iran Deal?

The lengths the Obama administration went to secure a flawed nuclear deal with Iran continues to be exposed an the details keep getting uglier. 

According to a new report and an Iranian cleric, thousands of Iranians with ties to the radical government were allegedly granted United States citizenship. From Fox News:

The Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, a senior cleric and member of parliament has claimed.

Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, who is chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee, made the allegations during an interview with the country’s Etemad newspaper, cited by the country’s Fars News agency.

“When Obama, during the negotiations about the JCPOA, decided to do a favor to these men, he granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians and some officials started a competition over whose children could be part of these 2,500 Iranians,” he claimed.

“If today these Iranians get deported from America, it will become clear who is complicit and sells the national interest like he is selling candies to America.”

The State Department isn't issuing specific comment about the story and former Obama administration officials have said the claim is made up.

The report comes after the Senate revealed in June the Obama White House secretly gave the Iranian regime access to the U.S. financial system, a violation of sanctions.

“The Obama administration during the negotiation of the Iran deal misled the American people,” Republican Senator Rob Portman said in a statement. “I think they did so because they were desperate to get a deal.”