Secretary of State Blinken Held In Contempt?

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( – McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee had vowed that he would be holding Secretary of State Antony Blinken in contempt of Congress if he failed to provide them with access to the documents relating to the “catastrophic withdrawal” of the Biden administration from Afghanistan.

On Monday McCaul told Blinken that his “patience” had been exhausted after attempting to pursue the internal After-Action Review (AAR) analysis of the administration for over a year. The documents provide important details about the U.S. military’s “significant failures” during the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021. The withdrawal had resulted in 13 U.S. service members during the suicide bombing at Kabul airport. 

McCaul pointed out that “these interview documents” were important to the quest of the committee for the truth that is connected to the legislative reform efforts. McCaul had maintained that the notes were “being withheld” by the National Security Council and White House. 

McCaul had stated that he had given Blinken until March 6 to provide the documents or that he would need to face contempt of Congress. 

In the five-page letter, McCaul noted that the committee had pursued the interview notes of the AAR team in good fair with every single compromise effort. The Department also noted that he had not negotiated in good faith and that he had failed to comply with the July 2023 subpoena. 

In June the State Department put out 24 pages of its 85-page AAR, and that the rest would remain classified.

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