A congressional investigation has been requested by lawmakers against President Obama and his last day in office.
The probe concerns the Obama administration’s $418 million U.S. weapons sale to Kenya on Jan. 19. The deal itself was privately handled following approval from the State Department and recognition from Congress.
Included in the deal was the granting of 14 weaponized planes to battle the terrorist group, al-Shabaab. The planes were designed by a novice weapons defense company based in Mooresville, N.C, named L3 Technologies. The planes cost approximately $237 million dollars to produce.
Republican Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina points out that a smaller, disabled veteran-owned company in his home state already developed those planes at a lower cost, yet they were oddly not considered for the job by the Obama administration. In an interview with Breitbart this week, Budd said: “It looks like politics. Why are they sending it to someone that’s produced zero for twice the price? This is inappropriate.”
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The bipartisan probe has support from both sides of the aisle, including Georgia democrat Sanford Bishop, who penned the following letter regarding the matter:
“We believe Kenya would benefit by exploring its options in regard to this acquisition. We ask that the Government of Kenya take these facts, in particular the prospect of an ongoing congressional investigation of this sale, under consideration as it decides whether or not to proceed with this arms purchase.”
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