Biden’s $1 billion bid to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is unknown.
The US government committed $1.1 billion in US tax dollars Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban in humanitarian aid after the US withdrawal in August 2021 – and a top federal watchdog says several US agencies are refusing to explain how the money was spent.
The US government remains Afghanistan’s single largest donor more than a year after the Taliban took over the country, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says for the first time in history, they have no answers.
at SIGAR quarterly report to Congress The inspector general explains that they are unable to track how more than $1 billion of taxpayer dollars were spent because many government agencies refuse to cooperate.
Superintendent John F. Sopko says: “For the first time in its history, SIGAR is unable to provide Congress and the American people with a full accounting of these U.S. government expenditures this quarter due to the failure of several U.S. government agencies to cooperate.” Sopko adds that both the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which manages most of the US government’s spending on Afghanistan, and the Treasury Department “refused to cooperate with SIGAR in any capacity.”
The inspector general says the State Department has been “selective” in the information it has released and has not provided details of agency-backed programs funded by billions of dollars in taxpayer money.
FOX Business has exclusively obtained the letters from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and US Assistance Administrator Samantha Power – demanding accountability for more than $1.1 billion in taxpayer money that went to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan after the U.S. military withdrew..
Gaetz wrote in his letters: “I found it even more shocking and crazy that most of these illegal wire transfers are unaccounted for because your department withheld information in violation of federal law.”
A USAID spokeswoman said they are cooperating with the inspector general and have provided hundreds of pages of documents and dozens of estimates in response to requests for information.
A Treasury spokesperson told FOX Business. “Treasury has complied with all legal requirements and provided information to SIGAR.”
The White House and State Department did not respond to FOX Business prior to publication. A State Department spokeswoman told Bloomberg that they answered dozens of questions and provided thousands of pages of documents to SIGAR, and pointed out that the inspector general’s mandate does not include humanitarian aid, only funds spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, where the U.S. ended its war against the Taliban. with take over
Gaetz told FOX Business that the SIGAR bomb report is a “severe” indictment of the Biden administration’s lack of transparency compared to previous administrations.
“57 times that SIGAR has released their quarterly report, they have rejected this type of indictment. [the] The Trump administration, the Obama administration, or the Bush administration… The reluctance to engage in transparency is at an all-time high with the Biden administration since it abandoned the Taliban and is now insisting on unreviewed aid transfers that have already exceeded a billion dollars. “
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Republicans say this will be a major issue if they take control of the House of Representatives after Tuesday’s midterm elections and have judicial power. in administrative officials and get answers.
“This will be at the top of my list for the Armed Services Committee,” Gaetz said.
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