The Biden administration allegedly received information and guidance from an opponent of a group against the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to a new report. The news comes after the Biden White House received considerable criticism for its sanctions relief on the Islamist regime, including a plan that would have transferred $6 billion to Tehran.
Pentagon aide Ariane Tabatabai, who was born in Iran, was allegedly involved in a scheme to denigrate an opposition group against the current Iranian regime.
A report detailing Tabatabai’s influence against the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) was sent to President Joe Biden on Monday.
The news came after an anti-Iranian regime politician in Europe was shot in the face by unknown assassins. Former European Parliament member Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca had endorsed the report sent to Biden.
More than two dozen Republican senators called for Tabatabai to lose her security clearance.
The letter demanded that the Pentagon “suspend Ms. Tabatabai’s security clearance immediately pending further review, as the State Department did with her former supervisor, Robert Malley.”
“We find it simply unconscionable that a senior Department official would continue to hold a sensitive position despite her alleged participation in an Iranian government information operation,” the letter reads.
31 US Senators including the Ranking Members of Senate Intel, Foreign Relations, and Armed Services wrote to SecDef Austin about the Iranian influence scandal surrounding Dr. Ariane Tabatabai, DoD Chief of Staff for Special Operations. https://t.co/d7EPDvOx7Q pic.twitter.com/FIDsx7mFYU
— Gabriel Noronha (@GLNoronha) September 29, 2023
Both prior to and after the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel, a number of political leaders of both parties criticized the Biden administration’s plan to transfer $6 billion to the Iranian regime. The transfer was planned in exchange for a number of Americans held by Tehran.
Following the attack and criticism, the administration announced that it was freezing the assets, held by Qatar, which is friendly to both the United States and Iran.
Iran-backed militias have also launched a number of attacks on American forces in the Middle East since the war between Israel and Hamas began last month. So far, there have been at least 40 documented attacks on U.S. troops, which have caused a number of injuries.
The United States has launched several raids against Iran-linked groups in retaliation.