According to a senior cleric in the Iranian parliament, President Obama and his administration traded U.S. citizenship for at least 2,500 Iranians in the middle of negotiations over the nuclear agreement. Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour said during an interview with Iran’s Etemad newspaper that Obama offered this as a favor to members of President Hassan Rouhani and his top officials. He said that a competition actually erupted inside Rouhani’s administration as aides, staffers, and other Iranian officials jostled to make sure their children would benefit from the tradeoff.

“When Obama, during the negotiations about the JCPOA, decided to do a favor to these men, he granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians and some officials started a competition over whose children could be part of these 2,500 Iranians,” he said. “If today these Iranians get deported from America, it will become clear who is complicit and sells the national interest like he is selling candies to America.

“It should be stated exactly which children of which authorities live in the United States and have received citizenship or residency,” he continued.

He told the paper that less than sixty of the Iranian administration’s children were getting an education in the United States; the rest, he surmised were working against “Iran’s national interests.”

Zolnour did not specify any names in making those accusations.

While we have no problem whatsoever believing that Obama engaged in this bit of quid pro quo with the Iranian government – there seems to have been no low too low for him to stoop – we have to be careful when simply taking their word for it. The political situation in Iran right now is chaotic, to say the least. With the rial crashing before our eyes and economic protests spilling out into the streets, the Ayatollah and others loyal to him are using this moment as an opportunity to usurp the moderate Rouhani’s power and get back to the old-fashioned, theocratic hardline positions the country is known for. Zolnour’s biography would place him firmly within this camp.

In fact, even though U.S. officials aligned with the Trump administration – people who would be more than happy to jump on yet another “Look at what Obama did” story – urged caution when it comes to accepting Zolnour’s story. A State Department spokesperson told Fox News simply: “We’re not going to comment on every statement by an Iranian official.”

On the other hand, Obama and John Kerry have only themselves to blame if people take this story seriously. It is actually far easier to believe they granted some form of citizenship to the children of Iranian officials than it is to believe they delivered nearly $2 billion in cash on an overnight flight to Tehran, and we know the latter happened for a fact. If they didn’t want their legacy tarred with accusations of bribery, quid pro quo, and under-the-table dealings, they shouldn’t have engaged these Islamist devils in the first place.