House Republicans reviewing the Iran nuclear agreement threw everything they could Tuesday at Secretary of State John Kerry — including the clock. They railed against Iran’s sponsorship of terrorist groups, its Islamist ideology and its imprisonment of Americans. One lawmaker mentioned Sept. 11. One questioned the Obama administration’s commitment to Israel’s security. Some even raised topics such as Cuba, human trafficking and crude oil in Texas.
Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and unlock billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions. Battle-hardened from years of negotiations with Iranians, Kerry sharpened his response to U.S. congressional criticism that the deal's provisions were temporary and would not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in the long run.
Secretary of State John Kerry erupted at Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) after the congressman charged that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to carry out an attack on Syria due to mistakes made in Benghazi and controversies involving the IRS and NSA programs. "I cannot discuss the possibility of the U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war without talking about Benghazi," Duncan said, questioning Kerry at a Wednesday hearing.