The failure of the State Department to make an appearance came just days after America’s leading representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council failed to raise the plight of the pastor during a meeting on Iran’s human rights history — and Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf finds the double-dodge more than coincidental.
“It is amazing,” Mr. Wolf, chairman of the Capitol Hill commission holding the hearing, told Fox News. “I can’t, almost, believe it.”
Though the U.S. government has since called for his release, those calls could be louder, Mr. Wolf said. He refuted the State Department’s claim that it didn’t have anyone available to attend Friday’s hearing.
“The building is loaded with people,” he said. “The very fact that the United States government is not speaking out sends a very powerful message.”