Gold star family member accuses Biden admin of covering evidence

August 27, 2023
Robert Ayers

The father of a U.S. service member who was killed during the botched withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan is accusing President Joe Biden's administration of covering up evidence related to the withdrawal. 

Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, made the accusation during a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel's The Story. 


This August is the two-year anniversary of Biden's botched withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan.

The withdrawal resulted in the death of 13 U.S. service members, including Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz. Schmitz and the others were killed at the Kabul airport by a suicide bomber.

In addition to the deaths of these individuals, Biden left stranded in Afghanistan a large number of U.S. citizens and allies as the Taliban retook control of the country.

There are still many unknowns about the withdrawal. Accordingly, many have accused Biden and his administration of covering up what actually happened.

"I don't know what the truth is any more"

Mark Schmitz is among those who have been trying to get to the bottom of the botched withdrawal, in general, and the Kabul airport suicide bombing, in particular. During his Fox appearance, Schmitz was asked whether he ever got any answers about what specifically happened at the Kabul airport.

"Nothing yet," Schmitz said.

He continued:

In fact, I’ve asked for copies of the SD card footage off of his rifle scope. That would have been recorded, and they would have been able to have that as evidence that this was or was not, in fact, the bomber. That card has been "misplaced," as they say. So, I don’t know what the truth is anymore.

Schmitz went on to say that he "can't seem to get a straight answer out of anybody" about what happened.

"There were so many incredible mistakes made"

During another part of the interview, Schmitz blasted Biden for his handling of the withdrawal.

"The advisers were telling Biden not to do what he was going to do," Schmitz said. "[Biden] flat-out ignored it, simply for, I believe that September 11 original date that he wanted to have as the deadline and moved it up to the 31st. And, then,  turns around and has the audacity to blame Trump for everything."

Schmitz said that "there were so many incredible mistakes made during this entire situation," and Schmitz highlighted the absurdity of Biden "boast[ing] about this being a success."

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), on Saturday, ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in order to honor the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives during the withdrawal.

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