Zack Beauchamp lays out clearly why the $400 million paid to Iran was not "ransom".
But the right is on the offensive with claims that the payment was a ransom.
A simple response would be for the administration to point out that the $400 million would have been paid to Iran even if Iran held no hostages. The only link was holding up the payment until Iran followed though on a separate deal to free hostages.
But I've yet to hear the administration or Democratic pols make this very simple statement, while the "ransom" claim continues to fester and be widely spread.