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  • Alyssa Spencer

Republican Senators Demand Accountability For Biden Officials Involvement In Iranian Spy Ring

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with reporters on February 13, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

(Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in conjunction with several other Republican Senators are demanding that immediate action be taken to address the leaked emails that indicated top Biden officials have been linked as operatives in an Iranian spy ring. The Republican Senators sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listing demands for accountability. The demands of the letter were detailed in a press release from Sen. Cruz’s office:

“The letter specifically calls for revoking the security clearance of Ariane Tabatabai, the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC), who was engaged in an Iranian regime-linked operation.”

In the letter itself, the Senators wrote: “Iran continues to threaten U.S. military personnel in the Middle East and remains intent on assassinating American citizens here in the United States. Given these facts, we find it simply unconscionable that a senior Department official would continue to hold a sensitive position despite her alleged participation in an Iranian government information operation. While we note that Assistant Secretary of Defense for SOLIC Christopher Maier, who is Ms. Tabatabai’s current supervisor, testified before the House on Thursday that the Department is ‘actively looking into whether all law and policy was properly followed in granting my chief of staff top secret special compartmented information,’ we urge you to suspend Ms. Tabatabai’s security clearance immediately pending further review, as the State Department did with her former supervisor, Robert Malley.”

This action from Republicans came after leaked emails showed that top Biden officials were part of Iran regime operation. This led to Sen. Cruz’s call for a halt to the secret negotiations with Iran that were being conducted. In a statement released by Sen. Cruz’s office regarding the leaks, he said:

“These reports and the emails they expose are indescribably troubling. When Joe Biden was elected, the Iranian regime’s nuclear program was in a box, their economy was on the brink of collapse, and their oil exports had cratered. President Biden and Biden officials have allowed the regime to get within reach of a nuclear arsenal, restore their economy, and export millions of barrels per day of oil worth hundreds of billions of dollars. They have agreed to secret nuclear side deals that are being kept from Congress, including ransom deals worth additional billions of dollars. They have implemented these policies while regime officials, including the Ayatollah’s hand-picked President, continue to openly brag about trying to murder former American officials.


“Americans have rightly been asking why the Biden administration is so friendly with the Iranian regime, and why Biden administration officials have so single-mindedly enabled Iranian nuclear progress and terrorism. These reports and emails suggest a vast Iranian influence operation that goes to the very top of the administration.


“The Biden administration should immediately cease its secret diplomacy with Iran and its dismantling of sanctions, and any officials linked to these emails should immediately have their security clearances pulled until these allegations are fully resolved and accountability is imposed.


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