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Lawmakers applaud opening of delisted group's DC office

“All you have to do is look at Tehran's actions today to understand that concessions to an undemocratic, oppressive regime do not make good foreign policy. I hope your office will help advocate for a peaceful transition by the people of Iran that throws out [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei and his corrupt regime and brings in a new day of democracy and freedom. Congratulations again on the reopening of your office.”

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The letter was signed by Reps. Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeRepublican lawmaker introduces new cyber deterrence bill Lawmakers question FBI director on encryption Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans MORE (R-Texas), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonRand Paul under pressure as Pompeo hunts for votes GOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination MORE (R-Ark.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeThe Hill’s Morning Report: Michael Cohen’s big day in court House Judiciary chair to subpoena for FBI documents Judiciary Dems warn Trump: Don't fire Mueller, Sessions during House recess MORE (D-Texas) and Paul Cook (R-Calif.). The council's opening ceremony on Thursday attracted a wide array of U.S. dignitaries, including former national security adviser to President Obama James Jones, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former CIA National Clandestine Service deputy director John Sano and former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).