GOP lawmaker tried rogue rescue mission to Afghanistan

A Republican congressman attempted to organize a rescue mission to Afghanistan in order to extract American citizens left behind by the Biden administration — and threatened US diplomats who declined to help him in the endeavor, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The effort by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) was in defiance of warnings by US officials — as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — not to attempt to travel to the region.

The Washington Post reported that Mullin tried to reach the US ambassador to Tajikistan on Monday, as the final evacuation flights were taking off from Kabul’s international airport. The lawmaker said he wanted to fly into Tajikistan from Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and needed assistance transporting a large sum of money he planned to use to hire a helicopter to take an American woman and her four kids out of Afghanistan.

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