The Biden administration is stonewalling a congressional probe into Iran envoy Rob Malley following reports the senior diplomat had his security clearance revoked for mishandling classified information.
The State Department on Tuesday informed House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) that it wont answer any questions about the matter or provide the committee with details about the allegations against Malley, who was placed on unpaid leave late last month while the FBI and other security agencies investigate his actions.
“The Department is not in a position to provide further documents or information related to this personnel-security clearance matter,” the State Department informed McCaul, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The exact charges against Malley remain unclear, but the decision to revoke his security clearance has led lawmakers to suspect the top diplomat may have mishandled classified information during diplomatic talks with Iran. Malley has been working to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which would remove sanctions on Tehran and provide the hardline regime with billions in cash windfalls.
Malley has a history of going off the rails in his diplomatic efforts. In 2008, he was fired from the Obama campaign for conducting unauthorized talks with the Iranian-backed terror group Hamas.