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EXCLUSIVE – Emails Reveal Biden’s State Dept. Stonewalled Rep. Hice on Afghanistan: ‘When Minutes Counted, State Took Days’

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Washington, DC, September 10, 2021 | comments

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By Ashley Oliver

September 10, 2021


Rep. Jody Hice’s (R-GA) office received several delayed and generic responses from the Biden administration’s State Department when it sought urgent assistance from the department for a group of Afghan allies, some of whom had served in critical roles aiding U.S. military during the Afghanistan War.

Among the myriad inquiries Hice’s office received on behalf of American citizens and allies desperate to leave Afghanistan after the collapse of its government in mid-August was a request from this particular group, comprised of 25 Afghans, the congressman’s office told Breitbart News.

Hice’s team had been among several in Congress fielding calls and emails from either people in touch with those in Afghanistan needing evacuation assistance or the evacuee hopefuls themselves.

Guidance during the roughly three-week period from the State Department seemed entirely out-of-touch with the reality on the ground, explained Tim Reitz, Hice’s chief of staff.

“All of the information we sent to State really just went into a black hole,” Reitz said of the countless calls and emails his office directed to the department.

Breitbart News obtained and reviewed more than 20 emails between the Hice office and the State Department and U.S. Central Command related to the one particular instance of the 25 Afghans, a group comprised of seven Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and their family members, including multiple small children and babies.

The emails from the State Department reveal days-long lag times for substantive responses, and even then, the responses were not tailored to address the specific group of 25…

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