GOP Congressman Says Biden’s Iran Deal Is ‘Quid Pro Quo’ To Enrich Russia

Written by K. Walker on March 24, 2022

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Biden’s Beta version of the JCPOA will enrich Russia despite economic sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has been playing a key role in negotiating the Iran Deal 2.0 despite President Joe Biden calling Russia’s President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” recently.

So, we’ve got a “war criminal” negotiating for a nuclear deal between Clueless Joe and the country that is the largest state sponsor of terrorism after they have already violated the provisions of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — and we don’t even know the extent of the provisions they’ve already broken.

Well, that’s just great.

ClashDaily covered Russia’s stakes in the new Iran Deal here:

IRAN DEAL 2.0: If You Thought The First One Was Bad, Check Out Biden’s Beta Version…

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is calling the new deal a “quid pro quo” between Russia and Iran. Moscow gets to bypass sanctions and Tehran gets to expand its nuclear infrastructure. It’s win/win for Russia and Iran, but not so much for the rest of the world.

“Biden is managing to pull off an incredible feat: Help Iran go nuclear and help Russia get rich helping them do it,” Issa told the Free Beacon. “No question about it. This is a quid pro quo the administration has negotiated with the Iranians and Russians that Biden intends to deliver by executive fiat.”

That’s an interesting choice of wording since that’s what the Dems used to bring Impeachment charges against Trump.

It makes one wonder… what is “The Big Guy” getting in return for this sweet deal between Russia and Iran? Because America seems to be getting bupkis with this new agreement.

To sum it up quickly, the new JCPOA would allow Russia to avoid sanctions on a $10 million contract with Iran to expand the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Tehran. That little nugget was hidden in the original 2015 JCPOA, and Trump put a kibosh on that with sanctions, but the Biden-Harris admin has lifted them because “Orange Man Bad” or something.

As awful as the first Iran Deal was, the new agreement is much weaker than the previous one. It’s kinda like the difference between Obama and Biden — both are awful, but only one of them left billions of dollars in military gear in Afghanistan to benefit the Taliban and other enemies of America.

The Biden administration is so committed to the new Nuclear Deal that it appears that they’re willing to bypass Congress and ink the deal — which would violate a 2015 law that the agreement with Iran must go before legislators — or they would limit the time that lawmakers have to review it.

Issa made the “quid pro quo” remarks following a March 17 classified HFAC meeting where members of the committee were briefed on the negotiations so far by U.S. special envoy for Iran Robert Malley and Brett McGurk, White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned that the new agreement will do little to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and lifting the sanctions will enrich Moscow and undermine the international attempt to isolate Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.

The concessions to Russia and Iran have sparked widespread outrage from Republican lawmakers, who accuse the Biden administration of gifting Russia with sanctions relief even as it wages an unprovoked war in Ukraine. While the Biden administration has avoided briefing lawmakers during the course of its yearlong diplomacy with Iran, details are emerging that indicate the agreement will be weaker than the original 2015 accord.

“Contrary to what the administration said about this being stronger and better and more robust, it will be even worse,” Issa said. “This is turning back on the switch to Iran’s nuclear program.”

“Among the Foreign Affairs Committee there was an overwhelming majority against it, including a number of Democrats,” one source told the Free Beacon on the condition of anonymity.

The source also said that Malley and McGurk were “evasive” about whether the administration would allow Congress sufficient time to review the agreement before voting on it.

“The Congress needs a real vote, but [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi is primed to stifle it. If it hits before Thanksgiving, they’re going to create a very narrow window for the House and Senate to potentially vote on it,” Issa explained. “The idea that they could actually run out the clock on the 30 days is very real. The narrowest interpretation is they could drop it as we leave for the August recess, so Pelosi would achieve what she wants: Make sure Democrats don’t have to vote for something overwhelmingly unpopular.”
Source: The Washington Free Beacon

The Biden-Harris administration appears to want it both ways — they’re loudly condemning Putin, but behind the scenes are waiving sanctions that will allow Russia and China to work with Iran on their nuclear infrastructure.

It’s a dangerous game they’re playing and it doesn’t seem as though anyone in the West Wing realizes that pushing Russia, Iran, and China closer together against the West is a very bad idea.

Congressman Issa and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) are currently spearheading legislation that is supported by at least 11 other Republicans “that would bar the Biden administration from lifting sanctions that enable Russian and Chinese nuclear work in Iran,” reported the Free Beacon last week.

Nevertheless, the Biden-Harris State Department confirmed that they would not apply sanctions to Russia’s nuclear-related projects in Iran like the expansion of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

“We, of course, would not sanction Russian participation in nuclear projects that are part of resuming full implementation of the JCPOA,” State Department spokesman Ned Price last week.

Of course, they wouldn’t. This administration is pretty consistent at making the wrong decision.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker