Congressman Markwayne Mullin ‘threatened embassy staff’ when he planned helicopter rescue in Afghanistan
Rep. Markwayne Mullin had an urgent request for the US ambassador to Tajikistan.
In a call on Monday, he asked for help transporting a huge amount of cash into the country as part of an effort to travel to neighboring Afghanistan to rescue an American woman and her four children by helicopter.
The response was that the embassy could not support such a dangerous mission, leading an enraged Mullin to threaten U.S. Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim and embassy staff, according to the report. Washington Post.
“To say this is extremely dangerous is a huge understatement,” a State Department official told the paper on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
Mullin, 44, told officials he wanted to fly from Tbilisi, Georgia, to Tajikistan’s capital Dunshanbe within hours and needed the ambassador’s help.
But the embassy told him they couldn’t help him break the country’s borders to bring cash into the country. Nor could they support such a dangerous plan.
US officials said they did not know where Markwayne Mullin was, the Washington Post reported Tuesday evening, after refusing to help him bring a large amount of cash to Tajikistan to fund a helicopter rescue attempt in Afghanistan.
Mullin reportedly threatened US Ambassador to Dushanbe John Mark Pommersheim, though the Washington Post did not describe what form the threats took
The US Embassy in Tajikistan, approaching Mullin for help with his private mission
Taliban fighters atop a Humvee vehicle take part in a rally in Kabul on August 31, 2021 as they celebrate the US pulling all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war — one that started and ended with the hardline Islamist in power
It was reportedly his second attempt to reach Afghanistan for a private rescue bid,
He reached Greece last week but was denied permission from the Pentagon to continue to Kabul, a government official said.
Officials are wary of similar missions following an unauthorized trip by deputies Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer last week, who were denounced as ill-considered publicity stunts at a time when armed forces were already overloaded at Kabul airport.
Late Tuesday, U.S. officials told the Washington Post they were unsure of Mullin’s location and his office had failed to respond to multiple requests for comment.
The last American troops left Afghanistan just before midnight on Monday.
It ended America’s 20 Years War and ended with a massive evacuation effort.
The US military helped evacuate more than 120,000 people, including US citizens, allies and high-risk Afghans from Kabul airport.
The chaotic airlift was bolstered by a range of private companies, from veterans who used their military know-how to help their Afghan allies reach the airport to charter planes gathering women fearing for their future under the Taliban.
Mullin condemned US withdrawal for leaving stranded Americans behind on Monday
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said fewer than 200 US citizens were left behind and diplomatic efforts were already underway to find new avenues.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued another level 4 travel advice for the country on Monday.
“Do not travel to Afghanistan because of civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, terrorism, kidnapping and COVID-19,” it read.
Mullin is not a US military veteran, unlike Moulton and Meijer.
The Republican was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012.
He has been an outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s departure from Afghanistan.
“This is a sad day for our country,” Mullin said in a Twitter message Monday night.
“Americans have been stranded in Afghanistan by the Biden administration and must now defend themselves against terrorists who overrun the country.
‘A motto of our army is ‘Leave no one behind’. But today that is exactly what President Biden did.”