The news just keeps getting worse for President Joe Biden amid the deterioration of Afghanistan amid America’s hasty troop withdrawal, as Congressional Republicans have pledged to conduct a probe of the administration’s decision making, as the Washington Examiner reports.
According to the outlet, the specter of such an investigation was raised in a letter sent to the president by Reps. Devin Nunes (CA), Mike Rogers (AL), and Michael McCaul (TX), all ranking members on powerful House committees, in which the undersigned told Biden, “House Republicans plan to vigorously investigate your administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
The letter explained that the probe “will comprise a joint, comprehensive review by our three Committees of the intelligence, diplomatic, and military factors that led to the current fiasco,” referencing the House Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees on which the signatories sit.
Signifying the comprehensive nature of what is planned, the latter continued, “To ensure our constitutionally mandated oversight is honored, we request that your administration – including the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as the broader Intelligence Community – take immediate steps to preserve all records related to your Administration’s withdrawal of of U.S. personnel…from Afghanistan.”
The heat has most certainly been turned up on Biden in recent days, with last week’s deadly attack at the airport in Kabul that killed 13 American service members leading to increased calls for the president to either step down or be removed from office.
Making matters even worse for Biden, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has amplified his own calls for accountability from the Biden administration amid reports that government officials provided the Taliban with a list of names of American citizens and Afghan allies wishing to reach the airport in Kabul, effectively putting a target on their backs and limiting the prospects for evacuation of anyone inadvertently omitted, as Breitbart noted.
Not only did Rubio demand answers from the administration in light of the report from Politico of the existence of such a “kill list,” which Biden himself seemed to confirm last week, he also vowed to block the president’s national security nominees until key information is produced.
“I am greatly distressed by your admission that your administration may have provided a list of American citizens, legal permanent residents an vulnerable Afghans to the Taliban,” adding, “This action has endangered Americans, and our allies, who have been unable to leave Afghanistan and seriously calls into question your administration’s decision making.”
Supportive of Rubio’s take on the matter, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (TN) declared that the administration’s overall handling of Afghanistan has been so disastrous that “every single person involved must resign or be impeached,” echoing sentiments recently expressed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and former President Donald Trump as well as a growing chorus of others.