Leading Republicans on the House Oversight Committee ordered on Friday to collect all correspondence and documents related to Pres. Joe Biden's Afghanistan pullout in 2021.
The Republicans have demanded the information following the Biden administration’s obstruction of “congressional oversight, along with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR),” per House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY).
“The Biden Administration was tragically unprepared for the Afghanistan withdrawal and their decisions in the region directly resulted in a national security and humanitarian catastrophe,” Comer said in a statement. “U.S. servicemen and women lost their lives, Americans were abandoned, taxpayer dollars are unaccounted for, the Taliban gained access to military equipment, progress for Afghan women was derailed, and the entire area is now under hostile Taliban control.”
“The American people deserve answers and the Biden Administration’s ongoing obstruction of this investigation is unacceptable,” he went on to say.
Senior officials at the White House, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the United States are the organizations from which Comer want to gather information. State Department of the United States United States Department of Homeland Security The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In part, the letter addressed to DOD Secretary Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Milley reads: “You were at the center of planning the withdrawal and evacuation and advised President Biden on decisions that amounted to tactical and strategic failures … The Afghan War Commission, established by the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, does not have to produce a report for three years after its first meeting. The Commission has not met once. The Commission has the option to extend its investigation for a year, potentially releasing findings after the Biden Administration has departed. This timeline is unacceptable to address questions that are already past due.”
Comer highlighted that during the course of two years, the Biden administration ignored congressional scrutiny three times. Even though 13 soldiers perished during the pullout, the then-Democrat-led House Oversight Committee never held a public hearing on the deadly withdrawal after “more than $2 trillion spent on the war and reconstruction efforts” in the nation.