Watchdog group suing Biden administration over potentially illegal Palestinian funding

A government watchdog group has sued the Biden administration over its refusal to turn over internal documents that could show it violated a law that prevents the funding the Palestinian government until it stops using the money to pay terrorists, The Washington Free Beacon reports. 

The group, Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), which is comprised of former government officials, has filed under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to see documentation of President Joe Biden’s reversal of former President Donald Trump’s freeze on Palestinian aid during his presidency.

The State Department has refused to respond to the group’s request for more than 240 days, which is far beyond the allowable time period. In addition, the State Department says it cannot turn the documents over until at least Dec. 16.

PPT expects the documents to show that the Biden administration violated the 2018 Taylor Force Act, a bipartisan law that says the government can’t send aid to Palestine as long as it uses those aid dollars to pay terrorists and their families.

Transparency needed

“The American public deserves transparency around this decision, which may not only be in violation of the law but could potentially result in increased danger for U.S. citizens and their allies,” PPT director Michael Chamberlain told the Free Beacon. “But the State Department has yet to even give an estimate for when we will receive records, much less provide any.”

The State Department reported to Congress in March 2021 that the Palestinian government spent at least $151 million on its “pay to slay” program in 2019, and another $191 million went to “deceased Palestinians referred to as ‘martyrs.'”

Not only does PPT want all documents pertaining to the Taylor Force Act and the State Department’s aid to Palestine’s government, but it also wants access to internal communications between Secretary of State Antony Blinken, State Department spokesman Ned Price, and other officials that had a part in the decision to restart aid.

These documents would reveal whether the administration knowingly violated the Taylor Force Act.

Right to know

“The release of these documents is in the public interest because the public has a right to know whether high-ranking officials charged with formulating foreign policy are properly and wisely considering legal restrictions and policy implications related to providing funds that benefit the Palestinian Authority,” the lawsuit stated.

This attempt to stop Biden from doing whatever he wants is being stonewalled by the State Department because the administration wants to continue the policy even if it violates the law.

Biden and his team seem to think they are above the law, not just in this instance, but with immigration laws, vaccine mandates, and other policies.

Will Biden be held accountable? Only time will tell.

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