House and Senate Republicans are doubling down on their dedication to research the alternatives necessary to President Biden’s “disastrous” Afghanistan withdrawal, nonetheless Democrats are shying away from publicly blaming Biden and his administration.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared at two heated hearings prior to the House and Senate overseas relations committees this week, all by which he defended the actions of the Biden administration and its willpower to withdraw all U.S. troops by Aug. 31, abandoning 1000’s of Americans, inexperienced card holders and Afghan companions. 

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, instructed Fox News on Friday that Blinken didn’t adequately defend the administration’s selections within the midst of the listening to and renewed his vow to proceed to uncover how the “tragedy” of the Afghanistan withdrawal unfolded.


“As the entire House Foreign Affairs Committee saw in this week’s hearing, Secretary Blinken struggled to defend the haphazard decisions that he and President Biden made that led to the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. This week I announced that Committee Republicans hired an investigator to join our team as we look into this systemic failure, and I hope that we are able to work together to come to an accurate conclusion and determine how this absolute tragedy could have been avoided,” McCaul acknowledged.

The Texas congressman announced Tuesday that he employed an investigator to look into Biden’s withdrawal, calling it a “systemic failure” by the federal authorities. That investigator is Ryan Browne, who labored as a CNN reporter from 2015-2021, according to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Alternatively, Democrats on the House panel have slammed critics of Biden and shifted blame off the administration for its lethal withdrawal. 

“Disentangling ourselves from the war in Afghanistan was never going to be easy,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., acknowledged all by Monday’s listening to with Blinken. 

Meeks, the precept Democrat on the committee, furthermore repeatedly slammed Biden’s critics within the midst of the listening to and tried to shift blame to former President Donald Trump’s administration, suggesting he would love to hear from former Trump officers, in addition to to willpower makers from the Obama and Bush years. A spokesperson for Meeks declined Fox News’ request for remark for this report.


Senate Republicans are furthermore working to maintain completely totally different Biden administration officers accountable. So far, Blinken has been the one cabinet-level official to testify publicly on Capitol Hill provided that withdrawal and there are many questions from lawmakers that maintain unresolved.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch, R-Idaho, acknowledged he’ll proceed to determine on Biden administration officers to testify, together with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who has beforehand declined the committee’s invitation.

“Congress has a vital oversight role to play with the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. To get to the bottom of what went wrong and prevent a similar tragedy from happening again, we must have administration officials testify, including Secretary Austin who has refused to come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The debacle in Afghanistan is an interagency failure, and we must hear from all relevant officials in order to hold the right people accountable,” acknowledged Risch in an announcement to Fox News.

Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the rating member for the Senate Armed Services Committee, acknowledged the committee may very well be enterprise a “methodical review” of Biden’s “disastrous” willpower and may very well be persevering with to ask for open hearings with extreme Pentagon officers.

“This is just the beginning. I expect the Armed Services Committee will have many hearings and briefings on the topic. The American people, our service members past and present, our allies and partners around the world and the Afghans who bravely helped us deserve this transparency and accountability. We have a lot of questions, and we’re going to keep asking for hearings until we have all the answers,” Inhofe instructed Fox News.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., typically referred to as the Afghanistan withdrawal “fatally flawed” all by a committee listening to with Blinken earlier this week, nonetheless he didn’t reply to Fox News’ loads of requests for remark Friday about whether or not or not or not the committee will commit to persevering with to usher in Biden administration officers to testify.

Menendez did echo disappointment that Austin didn’t settle for the committee’s invitation to seem alongside Blinken on the listening to.

Fox News’ requests for remark to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., weren’t returned.

Fox News’ Lucas Y. Tomlinson contributed to this story.