The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee has asked Attorney General Sessions to open an investigation as to how an Iraqi insurgent fighter, who fought against US troops, was able to lie about his identity and enter the United States as a refugee.

According to a report from Fox News, Federal lawmakers are also seeking answers as to why the Insurgent’s pending arrest was apparently canceled just weeks before the 2016 election.

“When [Joint Terrorism Task Force] and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Texas sought to prosecute this refugee, the local law enforcement and prosecutors allegedly ‘met resistance’ from officials within the National Security Division’s Counter Terrorism section in Washington DC,” Committee chairman Ron Johnson wrote in a letter to Sessions.

The efforts to squash the case in the run-up to the general election raises questions if the actions were politically motivated by the Obama White House. Then-candidate Trump was running a no-nonsense campaign that proposed ‘extreme vetting’ and harshly criticized President Obama’s refugee policy. 

The insurgent, who’s identity has not been released, engaged in activities that tipped off federal investigators and Joint Terrorism Task Force members after entering the US.

A former head of US Immigration and Customs said the refugee program is highly vulnerable to those seeking entry in to the US to cause violence.

“Refugees are admitted to the U.S. based on the story they tell of persecution, and they are not required to produce identity documentation or other types of documentation,” the official said.

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