The spokesman for the US department of State, Ned Price, facing calls by US congressman Michael McCaul for deeper inquiry into the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, said that they are "committed to working with all congressional committees with jurisdiction to appropriately accommodate their need for information to help them conduct their oversight for legislative purposes."
Price made the remarks at a press conference in Washington D.C.
“We had a very productive, very constructive relationship with the 117th Congress. We hope and expect to have a very similar relationship with this Congress. We have provided more than 150 briefings to bipartisan members and staff on Afghanistan policy since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan,” he said. “Additionally, senior officials from this department have appeared in public hearings and answered questions on Afghanistan, and the department has responded to numerous requests for information from members and their staffs related to Afghanistan policy.”
This comes as the Foreign Affairs Committee reported that its Chairman Michael McCaul joined CBS‘ “Face the Nation” with Margaret Brennan to discuss the committee’s ongoing efforts to get answers from the administration on the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Chairman McCaul announced he is prepared to issue a subpoena if the State Department fails to comply with the committee’s document request ahead of Secretary Blinken’s testimony before the committee.
Afghan analysts discussed the consequences of the US's rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“This kind of move by the US displayed a negative and bad image of America. People will think that the US is not the friend of anyone and will leave them half way,” said Wahid Faqiri, political analyst.
“The Republicans and Democrats are trying to win the election, the republicans want to blame the democrats for the hasty withdrawal,” said Faizullah Jalili, political analyst.
The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, has launched an investigation over the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.