March 04, 2020

Reps. Lawson and Hill Introduce Anti-Corruption Legislation to Audit Iranian Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Al Lawson (D-FL) and French Hill (R-AR) introduced H.R. 6081, the Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act. The legislation would make public the funds obtained in an illegal or corrupt manner held by Iran’s authoritarian theocratic regime.

 “The Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act will ensure compliance and require transparency regarding the financial involvement of Iranian leaders,” Rep. Lawson said. “It is imperative that we properly hold the Iranian government accountable, and the current process, or lack thereof, must be re-evaluated. I am proud to work with Representative Hill on this important legislation.”

In addition, it would require the Department of Treasury to brief Congress on how the funds have been acquired and used. By combining publicly available information with U.S. intelligence that can be made public, the Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act can provide a valuable window into the corrupt business practices of Iran’s top kleptocrats and limit their financial holdings which are used to support and sponsor terrorism. 

 “Iranians are demanding accountability from their leaders, and I have no doubt that the mullahs in Tehran and their cronies are profiting at the expense of the Iranian people,” Rep. Hill. “I stand with the Iranian people. This bill will shine a light on their corruption and what the leaders of Iran are really doing with the money they’ve stolen. I would like to thank my good friend, Representative Lawson, for making this issue a top priority.”