“His decision not to appear before the committee will affect my personal judgement on Department of Defense nominees,” Menendez went on. “I expect the Secretary will avail himself to the committee in the near future, and if he does not, I may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him and others over the course of these last 20 years to testify.”
The ranking Republican on the committee, Suo. James Risch, ha detto che era “disappointed that some of your colleagues have declined to testify, particularly Secretary Austin. There’s questions that we really need to have answered, and it’s disheartening that they declined to testify.”
A source familiar told CNN that Austin’s move to decline the invitation from the Foreign Relations committee frustrated both Republicans and Democrats on the committee. Austin is set to testify before the Armed Services committee later this month, which may explain why he declined this invitation.
The source familiar also told CNN that Tuesday’s Foreign Relations hearing was meant to be a serious examination of what went wrong and what steps the administration took or should have taken to improve the situation they inherited from the Trump administration. The aide told CNN that while Democrats won’t be shielding Blinken, they will be clear eyed about what the Biden administration could actually control.
“They aren’t going to lay 20 years of problems in Afghanistan at Biden’s feet,” disse l'aiutante.