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US House Foreign Affairs Committee Demands Answers On Iran Envoy Investigation

Chairman McCaul calls for transparency from State Department over Rob Malley's security clearance suspension

The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee is demanding answers from the State Department over an investigation into Iran special envoy Rob Malley.

Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul wrote a letter on Friday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken after it was revealed that Malley was put on unpaid leave last week after earlier this year being stripped of his security clearance amid an investigation into his handling of classified documents.

“The Department’s failure to inform Congress of this matter demonstrates at best a lack of candor, and at worst represents deliberate and potentially unlawful misinformation,” the chairman wrote. “Given the gravity of the situation, it is imperative that the Department expeditiously provide a full and transparent accounting of the circumstances surrounding Special Envoy Malley’s clearance suspension and investigation and the Department’s statements to Congress regarding Special Envoy Malley.”

The letter also requests that the White House make available to testify at a public hearing and provide a classified briefing on Capitol Hill by the end of July Acting Special Envoy for Iran Abram Paley and National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – JUNE 30: (From L) US National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States Robert Malley, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, EU deputy foreign policy chief Helga Schmid, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, Iranian Atomic Energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s brother Hossein Fereydoun and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi attend the Iran nuclear talks at a hotel in Vienna.PHOTO BY SIAMEK EBRAHIM/GETTY IMAGES 

“I have been informed that my security clearance is under review. I have not been provided any further information, but I expect the investigation to be resolved favorably and soon. In the meantime, I am on leave,” Malley told reporters last week.

Malley said on Saturday in response to McCaul’s letter that he was “eager to know what the State Department’s review is about and, as I have made clear from the outset, am prepared to cooperate fully with it.”


Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

(Additional reporting provided by JNS Reporter)

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