As Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on National Security, I am in close contact with Congressman James Comer (R-KY), Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, to identify issues that call for government oversight and follow through with investigations.
Over a year after the fact, Americans are rightfully left with many questions about the aftermath of our chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, already has an investigation underway into our botched withdrawal. Upon its completion, Inspector General (IG) Sopko will submit his independent assessment of U.S. engagements in Afghanistan to Congress.
Unfortunately, the SIGAR investigation has not made much progress as a result of the Biden Administration questioning the SIGAR's authority. In other words, President Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal is in desperate need of oversight, and the Administration is currently failing to fully cooperate with the SIGAR investigation.
This week, Congressman Comer and I sent a letter to IG Sopko with an inquiry into the obstacles preventing him from securing critical information for his investigation into the Biden Administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. Any attempts by this Administration to delay or deny providing required information to IG Sopko are unacceptable and can mount to obstruction.
The American people deserve answers on Afghanistan.