Gaetz introduces resolution to force Biden, Defense Department to disclose U.S. troops in Ukraine
"The Biden Administration and other allied countries have been misleading the world on the state of the war in Ukraine," Gaetz said.
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced a resolution Monday to require President Biden to give the House all documents about military assistance to Ukraine and direct Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to disclose the number of U.S. service members deployed to Ukraine without congressional approval.
Gaetz presented his so-called "privileged" resolution, which is given priority to be brought to the floor before regular House matters, after Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira was charged under the Espionage Act last week with storing and leaking classified documents.
Among the documents allegedly leaked onto a Discord online group chat, one dated March 2023 shows that 14 U.S. special forces were deployed in Ukraine, Gaetz said.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl told Gaetz earlier this year that "a couple dozen" Department of Defense personnel are stationed at the U.S. Embassy. in Ukraine.
Last week, Pentagon Inspector General Robert said that 20 people engaged in overseeing Ukraine aid are deployed in the region, mostly in Germany.
"The Biden Administration and other allied countries have been misleading the world on the state of the war in Ukraine," said Gaetz, a Florida lawmaker. "There must be total transparency from this administration to the American people when they are gambling war with a nuclear adversary by having special forces operating in Ukraine."