The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican Rep. Michael McCaul from Texas, has launched a probe into Joe Biden's botched withdrawal of the American military from Afghanistan in August of 2021 and sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday requesting information on what happened behind-the-scenes at the White House.
According to The Hill, McCaul said in a statement, "It is absurd and disgraceful that the Biden administration has repeatedly denied our longstanding oversight requests and continues to withhold information related to the withdrawal."
"In the event of continued noncompliance, the Committee will use the authorities available to it to enforce these requests as necessary, including through a compulsory process," McCaul added.
Blinken has been asked to hand over internal communications with the Afghan government and the Taliban as well as intelligence assessments and documents. Though Biden had been asked for the materials in the past, McCaul's probe is a formal request for compliance and has given Biden a January 26 deadline.
"We owe this to the American people, especially our service members and veterans," McCaul said.
The lawmaker promised to "pursue this investigation until all our questions are answered and all parties responsible are held accountable."
Biden announced his withdrawal plans in April 2021, stating troops would start leaving on May 1. The US military abandoned Bagram Air Base in July and left behind 7 billion dollars worth of military equipment and assets. The Taliban entered Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on August 15, causing Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to flee for Tajikistan.
In 2021, Republicans on the Foreign Affairs Committee released a report condemning Biden for the withdrawal.
On August 26, 2021, 13 Marines were killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport and more than 60 others were injured.
McCaul, in October, committed himself to investigating what exactly happened at the White House with regard to the botched withdrawal.
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