Democrat and Republican lawmakers visit Afghanistan as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned against trips;

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Two U.S. congressmen quietly slipped into Kabul airport on Tuesday, saying in an interview that they hoped to gather on-the-ground information.

  • While they were in transit on their return trip, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), warned fellow members of Congress in an official memo not to attempt to visit Afghanistan.
  • “I write to reiterate that the Departments of Defense and State have requested that Members not travel to Afghanistan and the region during this time of danger,” she said in the letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. She said briefings and phone calls would provide information from the executive branch.
  • The two lawmakers said that information on the U.S. evacuation in Afghanistan was often out of date by the time it made it to the legislative branch.

SOURCE: WSJ

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