From the Daily Caller: Hagel staffers routinely met with front groups for Iran.
No wonder Iran supported Hagel’s appointment as Secretary of Defense. He won’t defend us, he will defend Iran.
…Iranian state-run media have referred to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) since at least 2006 as “Iran’s lobby” in the U.S.
It portrays itself in the media as an independent group of Iranian expatriates. But Sam Nunberg, director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum project, describes the NIAC as an Iranian “front group.”
And documents released during the discovery phase of a defamation lawsuit NIAC filed against Seid Hassan Daioleslam, editor of the Iranian American Forum and one of the regime’s most public critics, include correspondence with Mohammed Javad Zaif, then Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations.
Nunberg’s organization is helping to represent Daioleslam.
The civil discovery documents also include a letter written by NIAC legislative assistant Babak Talebi describing Sen. Hagel as “generally on our side” regarding issues concerning the Islamic Republic…
“Hagel’s moderate stance on immigration has also made him the recipient of IAPAC funds,” according to that NIAC-drafted summary.
IAPAC is the Iranian American Political Action Committee. Its website includes a thank-you note from Hagel, written after the 2006 election. “Please know,” Hagel wrote, “that I will always do my best and work hard to continue to earn your confidence and support.”
Describing a March 31, 2006 meeting with Ryu, which took place in Hagel’s office, an NIAC member wrote in a memo that “Hagel is concerned about the current path we are on. Rexon preferred not to see the imposition of punitive measures but rather a call for negotiations between both governments.” Full story at the Daily Caller
President Obama sure can pick them. I just wish people would stop calling Hagel a Republican. You can’t be to the far left of Obama and be a Republican – sorry.