State Departments IG launching investigations into Bidens Afghanistan withdrawal
Written by Peter Boykin on October 20, 2021
State Department's IG launching investigations into Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal
State Department IG to probe Biden admin’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal
The State Department’s inspector general is launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration’s last diplomatic moves in Afghanistan.
The reviews will focus on the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa program, Afghans processed for refugee admission into the U.S., resettlement of refugees and visa recipients, and the emergency evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, according to an Oct. 15 memo to Secretary of State Blinken first reported by Politico and confirmed by Fox News.
Diana Shaw, the acting inspector general at State, told Congress that her office was launching “several oversight projects” related to the end of the U.S. military and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan.
“Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work,” Shaw wrote in a letter to the foreign affairs and intelligence committees of both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.
Other inspector’s general offices, including those at the Department of Defense and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, are also likely to launch similar probes of the withdrawal, Politico reported.
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