Budd Applauds Oversight Committee’s Decision to Order Air Force to Turn Over Documents in Kenya Deal

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Washington, DC, May 23, 2017 | comments

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), whose efforts at oversight of the recent Kenya Foreign Military Sale have been stonewalled by the Air Force, released the following statement in the wake of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s decision to require the Air Force to turn over vital documents in the Kenya Foreign Military Sale:
“The fundamentals of this case remain the same.  A secretive acquisition unit of the Air Force, known as Big Safari, continues to purchase light attack aircraft from a company that has no track record of making this type of plane.  In the process, they’ve passed over a company in our state that has 48 of these planes currently in combat service in the Middle East.  As a result, taxpayers and American allies have been overcharged by millions.”
When I tried to find out why, they told me the documents were “for official use only,” or “sensitive, but unclassified.”  The Air Force has the legal capability to frustrate my inquiry, but they can’t stonewall the Oversight Committee.  We’ll soon find out if this flawed sale is the result of incompetence, or if there is something more serious going on.  I want to thank Chairman Chaffetz for pursuing this matter.  This is the next step on a long road to finding out what actually happened with the Kenya deal, and what’s going on at Big Safari.”  

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