McConnell: Kerry 'fully aware' that he had to submit Iran side deals
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Trump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization MORE (R-Ky.)  said Thursday that Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBiden's climate policies: Adrift in economic and scientific fantasyland The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Watch live: John Kerry testifies on climate change MORE was "fully aware" he would have to submit side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Congress. 

"Since the Iran Nuclear Review Act was signed into law prior to the completion of the negotiation in Vienna, Secretary Kerry was fully aware — fully aware — of the requirement in law to submit the side deal to Congress," the Republican leader said. 
 
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The two agreements between Iran and the IAEA have become the latest focal point for Republican opposition to the agreement, who want to see the full text of the deals. 
 
McConnell joined with Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE, as well as two other Republican lawmakers, to send a letter to President Obama Wednesday, demanding the administration had over the deals to Congress "immediately." 
 
McConnell added Thursday morning that without the text of the side agreements, Congress won't be able to fully review the nuclear deal between six countries, collectively known as the P5+1, and Iran. 
 
"Congress cannot properly carry out its obligation to the American people until, until the administration fulfills its legal obligation to the American people and to the Congress," he said. "So we're calling on the administration to do that immediately." 
 
 
The administration officials will likely face additional questions about the side deals, as well as the decision to allow the United Nations to vote on the deal before Congress — a move that sparked bipartisan pushback from lawmakers. 
 
National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the agreements, but said the documents are not public and that the administration would discuss them during closed-door briefings on the Hill. 
 
Meanwhile, John Kirby, a spokesman for the State Department, told reporters that the IAEA documents are "not in our possession."