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 August 20, 2023

Blinken withholds Afghanistan withdrawal docs from Congress

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has withheld from Congress several key documents regarding President Joe Biden's botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. 

Just the News reports:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken omitted eight key documents related to the Afghanistan withdrawal in his response to a request from House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul, Just The News has learned.

August 2023 is the two-year anniversary of the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal that Biden ordered in August 2021.

The withdrawal resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members, who died as the result of a suicide bombing that was carried out by terrorists at the Kabul airport.

Biden's withdrawal also resulted in a large number of U.S. citizens and allies being left behind in Afghanistan, which was quickly captured by the Taliban.

The unfortunate fact is that we still do not have the entire story about Biden's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Critics argue that this is because the Biden administration has been trying to cover the disaster up. Blinken's omission of key documents would certainly seem to support this theory.

According to Just the News, Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee - who are looking to get to the bottom of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal - have requested from the Biden administration various documents regarding the withdrawal.

McCaul made the request in a letter that he sent to Blinken on Aug. 9, 2023. Blinken and the State Department responded this week by providing about 300 documents to the committee.

McCaul has put out a statement indicating that he is pleased that Blinken at least appears to now be cooperating. McCaul also expressed a hope that Blinken will continue to cooperate.

But, according to Just the News, Blinken, thus far, has failed to provide the committee with some of the requested documents.

Just the News reports:

The State Department provided about 300 documents to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday but it didn't appear to include the eight that McCaul requested in unredacted form in his August 9 letter to Blinken, according to a committee source. The deadline to provide those was Tuesday.

It is unclear why Blinken did not provide these eight documents. The situation, at the time of this writing, has yet to be clarified by either Blinken or McCaul. McCaul, though, has vowed not to stop until he gets to the bottom of this matter.

“I will not rest until we get answers and accountability as to what happened,” McCaul said. “How did this go so wrong?”

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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