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 PoeTed PoeRepublican quits House Freedom Caucus House blocks Dem resolution on Trump's tax returns Ads dare conservatives to oppose Trump on health plan MORE (R-Texas), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Tom CottonTom CottonCotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Senators introduce new Iran sanctions MORE (R-Ark.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeWeek ahead: Congress itching for answers on WikiLeaks, Trump wiretapping claims Amash misses vote, ending perfect attendance streak Overnight Cybersecurity: Assange mocks CIA over hacked files | Comey briefs lawmakers | Senate panel approves Trump intel chief 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.).