Sens. Johnson and Grassley Uncover Obama-Biden State Department’s Politically-Motivated Obstruction of FBI Law Enforcement Efforts

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly blocked multiple FBI arrest operations against individuals linked to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs to further negotiations on the failed Iran nuclear deal, according to unclassified internal FBI emails obtained by U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and via legally protected whistleblower disclosures. The senators are making internal FBI records public and seeking accountability for this obstruction.  

“The records provided to our offices show that the Obama/Biden administration’s State Department, under the leadership of John Kerry, actively and persistently interfered with FBI operations pertaining to lawful arrests of known terrorists, members of Iranian proliferation networks, and other criminals providing material support for Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” the senators wrote in letters to the State and Justice Departments, as well as the FBI. “The records also show that DOJ and FBI leadership apparently allowed it to happen until the Trump administration altered course.”  

Records reveal the Obama-Biden State Department (State) forced the FBI, between 2015 and 2016, to stand down on arrests in eight cases — one of which involved an Iranian subject on the Terrorism Watch List — due to “on-going politics.” State’s brazen political calculus led the FBI to determine they would “have to sit back and wait until all the US and Iran negotiations resolve themselves” before arresting the Iranians. The Trump administration lifted State’s block on FBI arrests upon taking office, resulting in the successful capture of two of the Iranian targets.   

Records further show State’s actions, at the direction of former Secretary Kerry, endangered national security, hamstrung the FBI’s law enforcement efforts and counteracted our government’s stance against Iran. Even so, the FBI and Justice Department, under the leadership of then-Director Comey and then-Attorney General Lynch, failed to put a stop to Kerry’s political interference. 

Read more about Sens. Johnson and Grassley’s May 21, 2024 letters to the State Department, Justice Department, and the FBI in Fox News.

Full text of the letter to the Department of Justice can be found here, the Department of State here, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation here.