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Biden Administration Furious After U.S. Lawmakers Charter Secret Kabul Flights

A military transport plane takes off from Kabul airport as people remain stranded outside, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A military transport plane takes off from Kabul airport as people remain stranded outside, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Washington (AP) -- Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in and out on charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours Tuesday. That led officials to complain that they could be taking seats that would have otherwise gone to other Americans or Afghans fleeing the country, but the congressmen said in a joint statement that they made sure to leave on a flight with empty seats.