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Rep. Mike Pompeo: No Member of Congress Can Understand Iran Deal

By    |   Friday, 24 Jul 2015 04:21 PM

No lawmaker on Capitol Hill can "in good conscience" say they understand the Iran nuclear deal, now that two secret "side deals" have been uncovered, Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tells Newsmax TV.

Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, said he and Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, made the discovery during a trip to Austria where they met with the International Atomic Energy Association to discuss how Iran will be monitored to make sure it doesn't build bombs.

"We wanted to hear first-hand from them their plans with respect to how they were going to verify that the world's largest state sponsor of terror was going to follow through on its commitment," Pompeo said Friday to Bill Tucker, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"I asked a question about how they were going to do an inspection at a site that's of particular importance … where they were testing nuclear triggers.

"And they immediately told us, 'oh well you’re not allowed to know that. There are two side agreements and those are confidential agreements that no American has seen. Not you, Sen. Cotton, not you, Congressman Pompeo, nor did Secretary [John] Kerry or President [Barack] Obama get a chance to see those documents."'

That came as a shock, especially with the Obama administration promising full disclosure about the deal to Congress, according to Pompeo. The agreement is supposed to limit Iran's ability to build a nuclear bomb in exchange for economic sanctions being lifted — an accord condemned by Israel.

"Not only were we promised [full disclosure], it's in law … [which] required the administration to turn over all documents that formed the deal and we didn't get these two," he said.

"These two secret side deals go to the heart of a verification and the president has told us over and over again, this isn't about trust, this is about verification.

"These are sites that have been fought over for years with respect to our knowledge that there was nuclear activity taking place there and our inability to get to those sites … Now the verification for that will be unknown to every member of Congress who's being asked to vote on whether to approve this deal."

As a result, Pompeo said he doesn't see how many member of Congress can "in good conscience" tell their constituents they are comfortable with being able to "verify Iranian cheating at these important military sites."

"It's incomprehensible to me how a member of Congress could in good faith say, 'I understand the terms of this deal, I voted to approve it because I'm convinced that we now have a verification regime that will keep the Iranians from developing a nuclear program,'" he said.

"These are enormous holes and the administration lost sight along the way that their negotiating partner wasn't the Canadians. Their negotiating partner was the ayatollah."

Pompeo said he expects the Obama administration will put "enormous pressure" on Democrats "to give up their duty" and vote in favor of the deal.

"I've watched folks cave to pressure in my 4 1/2 years in Congress, but this is different … This is historic, this is unprecedented, and every member of Congress over the next 45 days will see the seriousness of this and will evaluate how on Earth they could vote for a deal when they haven't seen its terms."

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No lawmaker on Capitol Hill can "in good conscience" say they understand the Iran nuclear deal, now that two secret "side deals" have been uncovered, Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tells Newsmax TV.
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