If you recall, literally on the way out the door, Obama stabbed Israel in the back one last time:
AP: Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.In addition to that, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs waste. You catch that? Told. It's up to congress to authorize release of said money, not on a president's whim. And if the attempt had been made anytime sooner than out the door, it'd be impeachable (definitely investigation worthy).
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
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So now it looks like our new administration caught wind of this release within what's turned out to be a very busy week of correcting a LOT of wrongs.
BI: The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.Looks like Obama's subversive attempts to siphon nearly a quarter of a billion of taxpayer's dollars to the Palestinian Authority towards no doubt terrorism funding against Israel, and attempting to do it mere hours before Trump’s inauguration so that Congress couldn't do anything about it, isn't gonna fly without question under a Trump administration. And it shouldn't fly under any administration.
The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment, one of the Obama administration's final acts in office, and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration's priorities.
Kerry formally notified Congress that State would release the money Friday morning, just hours before President Donald Trump's inauguration.
"I was tracking President Obama's 11th-hour moves on the Palestinians, and this issue never came up once ... Most analysts and observers didn't think Obama would or could do this," Dr. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told Business Insider.
...at least two GOP lawmakers Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee had placed holds on the funds as the Palestinian Authority had pursued "a unilateral tract towards statehood and they were not trying to work with Israel," said Schanzer.
Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch...
"The easiest way to sum it up is that Congress had been looking at various behaviors from Palestine — unilateral attempts at statehood, corruption, incitement of violence, and paying salaries to people in jail for terrorism — and that's why the hold has been there," said Schanzer.
Related links: BOOM! Trump FREEZES Obama’s $221 MILLION payment to Palestinians, orders investigation!
GOOD: Israel approves 2500 new homes in Judea and Samaria, with some in East Jerusalem!