Thursday, August 19, 2021

Biden admin moved to dismantle protections for citizens trapped overseas months before Kabul’s fall: memo 
Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR) was created during Trump administration  

The Biden administration moved in June to dismantle a system designed to protect American citizens trapped abroad — just months before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, stranding thousands of Americans in the Central Asian country.

Fox News has obtained the June 11 memo sent around the State Department which gave the green light on the "discontinuation of the establishment, and the termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR)."

The sensitive but unclassified memo was signed by Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon, just a couple of months before the Biden administration’s botched troop withdrawal that saw Afghanistan fall under Taliban control.

CCR was formed under Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and was tasked with providing "aviation, logistics, and medical support capabilities for the Department's operational bureaus, thereby enhancing the secretary's ability to protect American citizens overseas in connection with overseas evacuations in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster."

House Oversight Committee Republicans Demand Hearing for Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal 
Madeline Lessman / Townhall Tipsheet

On Wednesday, 20 Republican members of the House Oversight Committee requested an immediate, full Committee hearing to conduct congressional oversight on the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, resulting in the Taliban taking over.

In a letter addressed to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, the signers listed demanded several topics be addressed in the hearing, including if Biden “attempted to negotiate any agreements between the Afghan government and the Taliban” before the withdrawal.

“Over the past two Congresses, this Committee has held seven hearings on a range of issues relating to Afghanistan. But surprisingly, you have not announced plans to conduct congressional oversight of the dramatic and deteriorating situation in Kabul,” the letter states. “This Committee has a responsibility to continue to conduct robust oversight of Afghanistan as well as the Biden Administration’s decision-making over the past eight months. To not schedule a...Read entire article and see tweets and videos here.