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Congressman Biggs Sends Letter to President Biden Requesting Transcript of Call with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani

September 7, 2021
Press Release

Today, Congressman Andy Biggs sent a letter to President Biden requesting the full transcript of his telephone conversation with Former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani regarding the Taliban’s rapid advance of Afghanistan.

“President Biden urged Former President Ashraf Ghani to lie to Americans and the world. He wanted Ghani to ‘change perception’ of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country,” said Congressman Andy Biggs. “Over the last month, the American people watched a shockingly disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that empowered the Taliban and cost 13 U.S. servicemembers their lives. The American people are tired of being lied to by this administration and deserve to know if President Biden pressured a foreign official to spread misinformation. I call on him to release the full transcript of his call with President Ghani and let the public be the judge.”

Read the full letter below:

                                                                 September 7, 2021

President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear President Biden,

I request you immediately release the full transcript of your call with President Ghani. The American people have the right to know if you asked President Ghani to assist you in misleading them about the withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is being reported that there is a transcript and audio of the call, you must release both. You have a duty and an obligation to the American people to be transparent and truthful.

Over the past month, the American people have watched your disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. They have seen people falling from airplanes as they desperately try to hang on, they have seen helicopter airlifts from our embassy, they have heard the cries of American citizens wishing to return home, they have seen the Taliban parade through the streets with U.S. military equipment, and they now grieve for the 13 service members who were tragically killed.

During the weeks leading up to the final withdrawal, you made several statements to the American people on the situation in Afghanistan. Those statements painted a picture very different than the actual reality of the situation on the ground. This stark difference has raised legitimate concerns about transparency within your administration and whether your administration lied or misled the American people. On August 31, Reuters released excerpts from your July 23, 2021, conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during the call you claimed that there was a “perception issue” and that “there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture."

This phone call raises serious questions about your honesty with the American people regarding the situation in Afghanistan and your understanding of the situation. The American people and I call upon you to turn over both the transcript and the audio of your July 23, 2021, phone call with President Ghani. Congress and the American people have the right to know whether you lied to them or encouraged others to lie to them. Particularly when your lies may have led to the deaths of thirteen service members. 

Sincerely,
 
Andy Biggs
Member of Congress