Today, the State Department Office of Inspector General released its report on the May 2019 emergency certification to transfer arms to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. The report determined that the Secretary’s “emergency certification was properly executed” and “complied with the requirements” outlined in the Arms Export Control Act, which has been used five times by Democrat and Republican administrations since 1979. (Report Attached)
Yesterday evening, the House Foreign Affairs Committee released a statement asserting that the Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs has refused to respond to offers to appear before the committee for an interview on the declaration. In fact, the State Department has made multiple offers for the Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, and other requested witnesses, to provide information and testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
- On July 16th, the Department offered to have the Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, along with other requested witnesses, appear for a member briefing as soon as the OIG report was finalized, and this offer was not accepted.
- On August 7th, the Department also stated that the Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, along with other requested witnesses, are willing to appear for a classified briefing and an on the record public hearing as soon as August 13th. Chairman Engel has yet to respond to this offer. (See Attachment)