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Washington, DC – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul released a statement in response to the Biden administration’s unprecedented refusal to work with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. (SIGAR). SIGAR is statutorily mandated to continue its work through 2023, so prematurely cutting off access to information is contrary to explicit congressional directives.

“The Biden administration’s decision to withhold critical information from SIGAR based on shaky legal interpretations is just another transparent attempt to sweep President Biden’s chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan under the rug. They hope they can ignore congressional mandates and the pleas of American citizens and Afghan partners that are still trapped, wishing that this problem will somehow go away. But the American people have not forgotten – and they want accountability. President Biden’s decision to order a unilateral withdrawal that left more than 800 Americans and tens of thousands of Afghans behind enemy lines deserves a robust investigation and oversight, not further cover up attempts.”