MSNBC Baffled by ‘Mystery’ of ‘Coincidental’ Iran Payoff

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<p><em>More in the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kyle-drennen/2016/08/04/msnbc-baffled-m…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC&#39;s NewsBusters blog.</em></p>

<p>On her MSNBC show on Thursday, host Andrea Mitchell bemoaned the Obama administration&rsquo;s &ldquo;unforced error&rdquo; in sending Iran $400 million at the exact same time American hostages were released from Tehran in January. She was puzzled by the decision: <strong>&ldquo;...they never explained that this other money was going &ndash; the $400 million. It&rsquo;s unrelated to the nuclear deal. Why do it on the same day?&rdquo;</strong></p>

<p>Washington Post political correspondent Anne Gearan was equally baffled: <strong>&ldquo;It&#39;s a mystery why, exactly. They didn&#39;t need to do it that day, there was nothing in particular forcing their hand that we know of to do it that day.&rdquo;</strong> She avoided the possibility of the White House paying the money as ransom for the hostages.</p>

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