House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman takes next step to hold Blinken in contempt of Congress

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced Thursday that the committee would hold a markup on a resolution to hold Secretary of State Antony Blinken in contempt of Congress.

The markup is planned for March 7, with the announcement coming just days after McCaul renewed his threat to hold Blinken in contempt while the State Department “continues to withhold” subpoenaed documents on the United States’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.

The committee and Blinken have been locked in a battle for over a year over the documents relating to what McCaul called a “chaotic” withdrawal that cost the lives of roughly 170 people, including 13 U.S. service members during a terrorist attack from the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate. Though U.S. forces evacuated more than 120,000 people,
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