Gabe Kaminsky and Ben Shapiro discuss Washington Examiner story on Biden funding terrorism-linked group

Washington Examiner Investigative Reporter Gabe Kaminsky joined The Ben Shapiro Show on Thursday to discuss his recent story on the U.S. Agency for International Development, which was found to have been giving taxpayer money to a charity with connections to terrorists during the Biden presidency.

Kaminsky detailed how his report revealed that USAID’s inspector general started an investigation in February 2023 into a $110,000 USAID grant issued in 2021 to Helping Hand for Relief and Development, a charity based in Michigan that lawmakers have warned shares ties to terrorists, including Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation in Pakistan. Despite the USAID inspector general starting an investigation into the $110,000 grant, USAID gave Helping Hand for Relief and Development another $78,000 in October 2023, according to federal spending records. 

“I think what we reported on is a really good window into something we’ve seen for a very long time, which is that the U.S. government is granting money to places in which we have foreign adversaries and not doing proper vetting,” Kaminsky said. “And that’s something that raises the concerns of Congress very often, so it’s going to be interesting to see if the inspector general really makes any legitimate actions here.”

Ben Shapiro, one of the main commentators of the Daily Wire and host of The Ben Shapiro Show, said it was “absolutely astonishing” how much of the United States’s foreign aid goes to groups with connections to terrorism, stating that people need to be aware of where exactly U.S. foreign aid goes.

Some of the actions that USAID’s inspector general could take, Kaminsky said, include issuing subpoenas and possibly getting the Department of Justice involved in its investigation.

Kaminsky was also asked if this investigation would expand into an investigation into USAID Administrator Samantha Power, as the House Foreign Affairs Committee called on Power in January 2023 to suspend the agency’s 2021 grant to Helping Hand for Relief and Development over “credible allegations” the nonprofit group had connections “with designated terrorist organizations.” Kaminsky said he expects the House Foreign Affairs Committee to conduct oversight into this, adding that USAID “technically” could have postponed the extra $78,000.

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Helping Hand for Relief and Development was founded in 2005 and describes itself as “a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations around the world.”

In recent years, GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Scott Perry (R-PA), have raised concerns over Helping Hand for Relief and Development organizing a 2017 conference in Pakistan alongside Falah-e-Insaniat, an arm of the Lashkar-e-Taiba foreign terrorist organization, along with the group’s affiliation with Jamaat-e-Islami, an international Islamist group that committed genocide and other crimes during the 1971 Bangladeshi war of independence.

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