Rep. McCaul to Newsmax: State Dept. Must Share Afghan Dissent Cable

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Newsmax on Thursday the State Department has no standing to claim executive privilege for withholding a dissent channel cable in which 23 diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Kabul disagreed with the Biden administration’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2021.

“There’s no executive privilege here,” McCaul, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told “The Record With Greta Van Susteren.” “It’s just the practice of the department.”

The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in a suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members at Kabul’s airport. Many Afghans who worked with the U.S. military against the Taliban were left behind, and the U.S. also left behind an estimated $7 billion in military equipment.

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