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Corker Seeks Answers to Secret Payments

May 14th, 2013 - By Charles Choate

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker

Tennessee U.S. Senator Bob Corker has written a second letter to President Obama, asking about “secret” payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Corker sent the letter as a follow-up to a May 2nd letter, seeking explanation to reports of millions of dollars of cash payments sent to Karzai over the past decade.

President Karzai recently responded to press inquiries about the money by saying it was the “choice of the American government”.

Karzai also told reporters that CIA officials in Kabul gave him personal assurances that the payments would continue.

In his letter to President Obama, Corker said the secret payments lack any kind of accountability, while encouraging the kind of corruption the nation was trying to prevent in Afghanistan.

Corker also said the payments undermine U.S. taxpayer confidence in the government.