Republicans demand answers to exiled claims-Afghan leaders fled with $ 169 million in cash


The top two members of the House Oversight Committee sought a response to allegations that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with $ 169 million in cash as the Taliban terrorist group seized control of Kabul. I am.

The Commission’s top Republican, James Comer (Republican), and National Security Subcommittee ranking member Glenn Grothman (Republican) wrote a letter (Republican).pdf) To Attorney General Merrick Garland after being accused of having a large amount of money with him when Crab left the presidential residence.

“President Gani may have been concessionary to US funding for Afghan citizens and fled the country with huge cash, well over $ 100 million. In truth, this is a benevolent nation. It wasn’t the dignified exit of the head of state, but the exit of cowards and glyphs, “the lawmakers wrote.

Kammer and Grossman said the United States must do everything in its power to seize “illegal funds that were illegally embezzled by President Gani.”

“If he diverts money for his intended purpose, the United States should bring him to justice,” said a lawmaker.

The departure of the crab on August 15 allowed the Taliban to seize the capital without opposition. He fled when Muslim militants entered Kabul, saying they did so to avoid bloodshed.

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On August 19, 2021, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul / AP photo)

Lawmakers called it essential that corrupt foreign government officials were not allowed to enrich themselves with U.S. taxpayer money, and crab actions “contributed to the speed at which the Taliban took over the country.” I blamed him.

“It is unclear how President Gani got such a large amount of cash, but the amount and nature of his flight from Afghanistan is that President Gani aimed at the welfare and defense of the Afghan people. It raises concerns about the illegal and fraudulent embezzlement of these funds from US aid, “Continued Republican lawmakers.

Crab denied reports of fleeing the country with a large sum of money after asylum in the United Arab Emirates on August 18.

The pair concluded the letter with a list of questions that the Department of Justice (DOJ) wanted to answer. This includes whether you are investigating the issue, whether the alleged amount is US-funded, and what action the DOJ intends to take. To “trial” a crab if it “engages in corrupt behavior … enriches itself at the expense of US taxpayers.”

The Epoch Times is asking DOJ for comment.

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On August 11, 2021, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives at Mazar-i-Sharif to check the security situation in the northern provinces of Afghanistan. (Distribution via Afghanistan Presidential Palace / Reuters)

A few months before he fled the country, Crab told him that his government could resist the attacks of terrorist groups without US support and that he was “powerless in the world” to fly out of the country. Insisted that it could be persuaded.

“It’s a country I love, and I’ll defend and die,” he insisted. interview With the German news magazine Der Spiegel published on May 14th.

The president’s words saw tens of thousands of Afghan families fleeing their homes in hopes of finding security from the approaching Taliban in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Vice President Amurra Saleha remains in the country after Gani’s retirement. He said on Twitter on August 17 that he continued to fulfill his obligations as “caretaker president” as outlined in the 2004 constitution of the country.

He has since vowed to resist the Taliban from the Panjshir Valley with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the son of former anti-Soviet commander Mujahideen.

Kammer and Grossman sought answers to their questions by August 31, the voluntary deadline for President Joe Biden to withdraw the remaining US troops from Afghanistan.

Isabelle van Brugen

Isabelle van Brugen

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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.

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