February 29, 2024 – Biden abuses classified document system to hide Iranian assassination plots

In Email/Dossier/Govt Corruption Investigations by Katie Weddington

Ted Cruz, Joe Biden and supreme leader of Iran, Ali Hosseini Khamenei. (Credit: public domain)

The Biden administration suppressed information about Iran’s efforts to assassinate U.S. officials to ensure Congress and the American public were kept in the dark, according to a lawmaker on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“What Americans don’t know is that the Biden administration has gone to great lengths to hide the extent and persistence of those threats” from Iran, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said during a Senate hearing Wednesday on Tehran’s network of terror proxies. Those threats include active plots to assassinate former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and other top U.S. officials.

The administration has been “abusing the classification system” to ensure these plots could not be discussed in a public setting, according to Cruz. “They find public discussion of Iran’s aggression politically inconvenient because it gets in the way of their appeasement of the regime.”

This is the first time a senator has accused the Biden administration of classifying information it deemed inconvenient and damaging to its efforts to restart diplomacy with Iran, which have included sanctions relief and a $6 billion ransom payment last year to ensure the release of hostages detained in Tehran. Amid this diplomacy, Iran has continued efforts to kill former American officials, including the Trump administration’s Iran envoy, Brian Hook, who requires an around-the-clock security detail.

The administration is required to notify Congress about threats to former officials, but “took the unprecedented step” last year of classifying this notification to ensure the information did not become public, Cruz said as he discussed the situation with Hook, who appeared before the Senate committee. (Read more: Washington Free Beacon, 2/29/2024)  (Archive)