Risch Statement on Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release

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Risch Statement on Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release

After being released by the Islamic Republic or Iran along with three other American citizens Saturday in a prisoner swap for seven Iranians, Pastor Saeed Abedni's wife and Christian leaders have expressed a multitude of feelings concerning the move.

Both Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz compared the case to that of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in late May 2014 as part of a prisoner swap for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

The minister said he traveled to Iran to build an orphanage, but Iran officials arrested him, claiming that he endangered national security.

Not even a half hour later, the State Department called to confirm the news; her husband had finally been released. "I don't know where he's at mentally, physically and our family will need time to readjust, and that's going to be the next step, and asking for prayer is the next step in our journey and healing for our family".

Naghmeh said she hasn't heard her husband's voice since October. Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary on the Iran issue: "She was critical of him. It isn't easy to be a Christian in the Middle East. There should be action".

"He's got to get more countries to get involved", Naghmeh stressed.

"A bipartisan majority in the House voted to reject this deal in the first place, and we will continue to do everything possible to prevent a nuclear Iran", Ryan said in a statement

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released a statement today regarding Saeed's release saying, "Iran's holding of Pastor Abedini was outrageous and it was far past time for him to be released".

The U.S. imposed new sanctions on Iran after the prisoner swap Saturday due to violations of United Nations resolutions against ballistic missile tests.

A reaction of similar sentiments was given by Concerned Women for America President and CEO Penny Nance.

However, Rubio, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said the deal traded American "hostages" for Iranian "prisoners who did commit a crime".

On the presidential campaign trail, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accused Obama of being "an expert at making bad deals with the Iranians".

Rubio pointed to Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who has been missing since 2007, as a reason to remain suspicious of Iranians. She says they were excited and couldn't believe it. 

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