Democratic senators call for investigation into USAID aides over controversial comments


The letter singles out Mark Kevin Lloyd, USAID’s non secular freedom adviser, and USAID’s new deputy White House liaison, Merritt Corrigan, for a historical past of offensive statements.

In social media posts, Lloyd reportedly known as Islam “a barbaric cult” and accused President Barack Obama of getting ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. ProPublica reported that Corrigan wrote on-line that the United States is within the clutches of a “homo-empire” that pushes a “tyrannical LGBT agenda.”

POLITICO reported final week that USAID was thrown into inner turmoil by the latest appointments of Lloyd and Corrigan. Staff members urged Barsa to sentence the comments, however the performing administrator defended the aides.

Spokespeople for USAID didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

“The appointment of Lloyd and Corrigan risks alienating the hardworking staff at USAID — not only women, Muslims and members of the LGBT community — but any employee that is justifiably dismayed that people who hold these views were appointed to represent the world’s premier international development agency,” the letter learn.

Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont signed the letter, which was despatched on Wednesday.

ProPublica first reported Corrigan’s new place on June 5. Lloyd assumed his new position on May 26.


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