This month, Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul intends to prosecute Secretary of State Antony Blinken for contempt of Congress due to his refusal to comply with multiple subpoenas.
McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has repeatedly attempted to compel Blinken to testify before the committee. The leading Republican now asserts that the contempt case will be filed on May 24. It will likely be presented to a vote on the House floor by early June.
McCaul told Fox News on Monday evening, “I don’t take this lightly because a secretary of State’s never been held in contempt by Congress before.” “And I think the secretary realizes that and the gravity. They probably prefer not to go down this route as well. But if they do not comply, we’re prepared to move forward next week with markup for resolution of contempt.”
“Even if passed by the House, the contempt charge would largely be a symbolic move, as President Biden’s Justice Department would likely decline to prosecute the case. McCaul first floated the possibility of a criminal contempt charge last week. Blinken and the State Department have blown past multiple deadlines to provide documents relating to President Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in recent months,” according to Fox News.
“The Department is now in violation of its legal obligation to produce these documents and must do so immediately,” McCaul wrote last week. “Should the Department fail to comply with its legal obligation, the Committee is prepared to take the necessary steps to enforce its subpoena, including holding you in contempt of Congress and/or initiating a civil enforcement proceeding.”
“McCaul and his fellow Republicans seek access to materials, including a dissent report from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul dated just before Biden’s withdrawal plans were set in motion. Dissent reports detail any misgivings U.S. officials may have with a current plan of action. Blinken blew past the original deadline to supply the documents in March, then again in April when McCaul pushed back the deadline. McCaul set his latest line in the sand on May 1, and Blinken again refused to provide the documents,” according to the report.
This week, the Biden administration has received a great deal of criticism.
After Special Counsel John Durham disclosed the findings of the protracted investigation into former President Donald Trump and alleged Russian collusion, the FBI was compelled to make an important admission.
Durham discovered that the FBI began investigating Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election using “uncorroborated intelligence” and that agents failed to maintain “strict fidelity to the law” throughout the investigation.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The FBI replied shortly after the report became public by admitting that some mistakes were committed in 2016. The FBI also acknowledged the veracity of Durham’s findings.
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