“We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency …Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government, ” stated President Barack Obama in a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies.
So what has changed?
Senators Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) disclosed in a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that U.S. lawmakers have been shown copies of several secret letters sent by the Obama administration to the Chinese, German, French, and British governments assuring them that companies doing business with Iran will not come under penalty. This letter was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The Obama administration is allegedly promising foreign governments that if Iran violates the parameters of the nuclear accord, European companies will not be penalized, according to the secret letters.
Senators Kirk and Rubio stated
These letters appear to reassure these foreign governments that their companies may not be impacted if sanctions are re-imposed in response to Iranian violations of the agreement.
Kirk and Rubio are requesting the Obama administration release these letters to the public so that the full disclosure of Obama’s side deals are made known:
We therefore request the Administration to publicly release these letters, which are not classified, so that the full extent of the Administration’s non-public assurances to European and Chinese governments can be discussed openly by Congress and analyzed by impartial outside experts.
Are we entitled to full disclosure?