John Smith spoke to Foreign Policy for an article covering the Trump administration shielding Turkey's Halkbank from paying any penalty for its role in helping Iran, which would make Iranian sanctions evasion easier.
According to Foreign Policy, the Trump administration never put forth any national security interest as a reason to quash the case - and would be hard pressed to, since turning a blind eye to a massive Iranian effort to evade sanctions and secure billions of dollars works directly against U.S. national security.
"There would not be more serious types of charges than the allegations that the U.S. financial system was used and abused in a way that undermined the integrity of those sanctions against Iran in that period where a nuclear weapons program was something that was a real possibility," John said.
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