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    ‘Political stunts’: White House slams GOP ahead of Afghanistan withdrawal hearing 

    The White House on Wednesday slammed Republicans ahead of the House Oversight Committee hearing about the Afghanistan withdrawal, calling the upcoming hearings “political stunts.”

    Ian Sams, special assistant to the president and White House oversight spokesperson, sent a memo to interested parties, outlining that they expect Republicans on the committee to “distract from their own failures” to agree on solutions to evacuate thousands of people from Afghanistan.  

    “Instead of supporting these successful efforts to evacuate Americans and give Afghan allies safe harbor, MAGA House Republicans are refusing to acknowledge their own history of opposing efforts to aid Afghan allies and are turning their backs on those who risked their lives alongside American servicemembers for two decades in Afghanistan by opposing and delaying legislation like the Afghan Adjustment Act, revealing that these hearings are nothing more than political stunts solely aimed at attacking the President,” Sams wrote.

    The Afghan Adjustment Act aims to support Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission, provide adequate vetting for parolees from Afghanistan, create an adjustment of status for certain Afghan nationals, and give special immigrant status for at-risk Afghan allies and others.

    The White House also expects the Republicans to say that the Biden administration obstructed oversight and instead, it pointed to a document the Pentagon provided to Congress earlier this month that examines the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in 2021.

    House Republicans have pledged to use their new majority to scrutinize the withdrawal, including the suicide bombing at Abbey Gate near the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. troops and 170 Afghans. The White House also released an unclassified outline that defended the decisions around the withdrawal and said that President Biden took the advice of military commanders, while largely blaming the lack of preparations under the Trump administration.

    The memo on Wednesday also highlights attacks of Afghan allies and provides quotes from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) calling Afghan refugees “known terrorists” and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) saying Afghan refugees “do not belong in our country.”

    And, it outlines that the Biden administration restarted SIV interviews and increased resources, surging resources and staff “by nearly 8-fold between January and July 2021” to allow for the U.S. to welcome approximately 100,000 Afghans.

    If Republicans “really care about America’s ongoing commitments on Afghanistan, instead of staging political stunts aimed at attacking President Biden, House Republicans should do their job and take action on these important ongoing priorities,” Sams said.

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