Oklahoma GOP Congressman Slams Biden Admin For Grabbing Credit Of Rescue Attempt In Afghanistan

An Oklahoma congressman who made a mystery-laden rescue attempt in Afghanistan lashed out at the Biden administration for attempting to steal credit for the success of his mission.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin was “dark for a little while,” as he put it last week, while he traveled to Tajikistan and into Afghanistan to help a Texas woman and her three children flee the clutches of the Taliban. Mullin did not share his whereabouts for several days, and he reportedly “threatened” the U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan when he sought help for moving a large amount of cash into the country – an allegation Mullin denied on Tuesday.

When U.S. diplomats asked why Mullin needed help with the currency, he pointed out that those he was assisting private operators from a group called the Sentinel Foundation, and the money was needed to bribe their way past 20 checkpoints to get to Kabul.

Mullin on Friday told Fox News that U.S. Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim was “not helpful, at all,” after he told Mullin that Washington told him not to help the congressman. That included not allowing him to land at the airport in Kabul, Mullin maintained.

Mullin publicly complained about the administration’s stonewalling, which lasted for days, saying, “We’re trying to do a job that President Biden wouldn’t do.”

According to Mullin, when the group he was assisting got the family near its departure destination, the State Department swooped in and allegedly helped the family leave. The department then said it “facilitated the safe departure” of the group.

On CNN on Tuesday, Mullin called that “absolutely a lie.”

He noted that the operators from the Sentinel Foundation negotiated his clients’ way past Taliban security during the overland trek that went several hundred miles. He acknowledged that State Department officials did assist the family getting across the Afghan border

The family left the region on Monday.   

“They didn’t show up until a few hours before we got her across. So, for them to say they facilitated it, that’s a lie,” Mullin told CNN. “I wouldn’t eleven have been there if the Biden administration had done their job.”

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