ICYMI: Banks, Stefanik, Waltz Request DOJ Investigate Iran-Linked NGO

Reps. Jim Banks (IN-03), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Michael Waltz (FL-06) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the U.S. Department of Justice open an investigation to determine if the International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organization based in Brussels, acted as an unregistered agent for the government of Iran.

You can find a copy of the letter here.

Said Rep. Jim Banks: “Joe Biden’s disgraced former Iran envoy ran a foreign think tank that had entered into an undisclosed formal agreement with an Iranian government organization which denies the Holocaust. Members of this same foreign think tank were pledging allegiance to Iran while advising Democratic administrations on Iran policy. It’s unbelievable. The Justice Department must hold the International Crisis Group accountable for failing to register as a foreign agent, and Congress should continue to investigate Iran’s infiltration of the Biden administration and its malign influence on White House policy.” 

Said House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik: “The DOJ must immediately open an investigation into the International Crisis Group for failing to register their formal agreement with Iran, a clear violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. We must investigate the depths of Crisis Group’s employees' involvement in advocating on behalf of the Iranian regime while simultaneously trying to influence Biden Administration officials.”

Semafor recently reported that IGC had entered previously undisclosed partnerships with Iran’s Foreign Ministry in 2016, while the group was trying to shape U.S. policy on Iran. Disgraced former Iran envoy Rob Malley was the president of ICG before joining the Biden administration.

You can read more about the letter from Semafor here.

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