A U.S. Representative from Oklahoma who made two unauthorized trips to try and enter Afghanistan to aid in the evacuation effort said he has proof that President Joe Biden lied about Americans and visa holder’s access to Kabul Airport.
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, 44, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier and said he has secret recordings of Americans failing to get to the airport in time for the final evacuation.
He claimed to have recordings of one woman and her four kids who were denied access to the airport after trying to get in for 12 hours.
‘Five times she approached this guard with the Taliban, the last time they stuck a pistol to her head with her kids there,’ he said, adding the woman went back home the final time and became physically ill, never trying again to reach the airport.
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, left, said U.S. President Joe Biden had ‘blood on his hands’ due to the administrations failing in the evacuation of U.S. citizens and allies in Afghanistan
The U.S. has airlifted more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan and estimates that few than 200 Americans still remain. Pictured, Afghan citizens being airlifted on Aug. 26
The situation grew chaotic in the final days of the evacuation at Kabul Airport, pictured. U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin said an explosion there killed a citizen he was trying to help
Biden was blasted last month – and since then – over his remarks claiming Americans were making it through the Taliban-protected airport perimeter without trouble.
He said: ‘We have no indication that they haven’t been able to get — in Kabul — through the airport.
‘We’ve made an agreement with the, with the Taliban. Thus far, they’ve allowed them to go through. It’s in their interest for them to go through.
‘So, we know of no circumstance where American citizens are — carrying an American passport — are trying to get through to the airport.’
Mullin added that Biden had ‘blood on his hands’ as the congressman believed a U.S. woman and her 2-year-old son who he was trying to help were now dead after an explosion at the airport’s Abbey Gate.
‘We haven’t had any contact with them since. I believe it’s because they were caught up in that,’ Mullin said.
Mullin blamed the U.S. State Department for not allowing him to get to get to them on time. He also said there were dozens of Americans still trapped in Afghanistan.
‘I have a list of 50 that want out that [say] they haven’t got out. I have a list of 50 that we have ran out of Kabul and put in safe houses around Afghanistan that I promise you they wanted out.’
The last U.S. troops left Afghanistan on Monday just before midnight as the U.S. evacuated more than 120,000 people, including U.S. citizens, allies and at-risk Afghans from Kabul airport.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said fewer than 200 American citizens remained behind and that diplomatic efforts were already under way to establish new pathways out.
Mullin says he believes the Taliban will soon tire of this attempt at diplomacy, putting the lives of Americans and Afghans who helped the war effort in further danger.
Taliban security forces now guard Kabul Airport. Pictured, an armed guard on September 4
Women and children were made to crouch at the Abbey Gate before they were taken in by British evacuation forces on Aug. 25
U.S. Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim
Mullin had been criticized for his attempts to enter Afghanistan and for allegedly threatening a U.S. Ambassador in the neighboring country of Tajikistan who did not comply with his requests, The Washington Post reported.
He has insisted that he was merely trying to help people – including interpreters – who were desperately trying to flee Afghanistan, only to come up against bureaucracy that stopped them from doing so.
U.S. Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim and embassy staff told Mullin on Monday that they could not help him with such a dangerous request, nor did they have the money to pay for the alleged Taliban tolls Mullin said he would need to pay to get to Kabul.
It was reportedly his second effort to reach Afghanistan for a private rescue bid despite claims that he never actually wanted to enter Afghanistan.
Last week he got as far as Greece but was denied permission to carry on to Kabul by the Pentagon, an administration official said.
The closest Mullin got to Kabul was the airspace above the city’s Hamid Karzai Airport, but he was ordered to fly off again without ever making it to the ground.
Officials have been on high alert for similar missions after an unauthorized trip by Reps. Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer last week, which were condemned as thoughtless publicity stunts at a time when the armed forces were already overstretched at Kabul airport.
Mullin said he was just trying to help with the evacuation effort, saying Biden and his administration forced his hand due to their ‘failure.’
‘It’s his fault. I wouldn’t have been over there – I wouldn’t have even thought about going if it wasn’t for his failure. I wouldn’t have put my life in danger. I wouldn’t have put my kids and my wife through that I wouldn’t have put anybody through it,’ he said.