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Rep. Mullin resurfaces, says he's OK and 'helping get Americans out of Afghanistan'

Rep. Mullin resurfaces, says he's OK and 'helping get Americans out of Afghanistan'

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Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin seemed to at least partly confirm a Washington Post story that he is involved in a freelance operation to extract American citizens from Afghanistan.

“Am I helping get Americans out of Afghanistan yes,” read an early Wednesday text from Mullin’s phone to the Tulsa World. “(Am) I missing no, did I go dark for a little, yes because it wasn’t safe to be communicating.”

The text repeated what Mullin had posted on social media.

Contacted later Wednesday, Mullin said he had no further comment about his activities.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Mullin had called the U.S. embassy in Tajikistan asking for help circumventing that country’s foreign currency limits. According to the Post, Mullin became angry when the embassy declined his request.

Tajikistan borders Afghanistan, and Mullin apparently was trying to hire a helicopter to take out Americans wanting to leave Afghanistan since the withdrawal of U.S. forces and takeover by the Taliban.

The Post said Mullin tried to launch a rescue attempt from Greece a few days earlier.

Officials say a few hundred Americans remain in Afghanistan, most of them people with dual citizenship.

Mullin’s text said he is “extremely disappointed … that would be an understatement” that those Americans were left behind.

“Great Americans many who are Veterans and many not are stepping up to keep our promise. … We will never leave an American behind,” says the text.

It was not clear whether Mullin’s undertaking was successful or what his next step might be.

Meredith Blanford, communications director for Mullin, released a statement to the Tulsa World late Tuesday:

“Congressman Mullin has been and is currently completely safe. He and the Office of Oklahoma’s Second District will continue to do anything in our power to bring home all Americans from the war zone that President Biden abandoned. The safety and security of the American people will always be his top priority. We have no further comment at this time.”

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The U.S. will work with Afghanistan's neighbors to secure their departure either overland or by charter flight once the Kabul airport re-opens


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