House Republicans demand more transparency on Ukraine aid
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday demanded government agencies dolling out billions in military and financial aid to Ukraine provide documentation ensuring the funds are being protected from scams.
The increased call for scrutiny on Ukrainian aid comes as President Biden wraps up his three-day visit to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of that country. Mr. Biden made a surprise trip to Ukraine, where he walked the streets of Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, then traveled to Poland to reaffirm the West’s commitment against Russian aggression.
In Washington, Republicans said the $113 billion the U.S. has provided Ukraine must be audited to prevent the funds from falling into terrorists’ hands or lining the pockets of corrupt officials.
“It is critical that government agencies administering these funds ensure they are used for their intended purposes to prevent and reduce the risk of waste, fraud and abuse,” Committee Chairman James Comer, Kentucky Republican, wrote in a letter to several government agencies.
The lawmakers asked for documentation from the Defense Department, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development on how they are conducting oversight of the funds.
Mr. Comer asked the agencies to turn over
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