WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that the Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Tehran that coincided with the January release of four US citizens detained in Iran.
"We already know the Iran nuclear deal was a historic mistake. It keeps getting worse," Royce stated.
At the same time, the United States was negotiating a prisoner exchange with Iran, raising doubts among Republicans that money had changed hands to guarantee the release as a ransom payment.
Royce argued that the alleged ransom payment would put more US citizens' lives in jeopardy.
"Hundreds of millions in the pockets of a terrorist regime means a more dangerous region, period," he said.
On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman John Kirby denied the money transfer.