McCaul’s Statement From House Committee Has Blinken Sweating

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (RTexas) said Sunday that the committee will pursue contempt charges against Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has failed to comply with a congressional subpoena related to the withdrawal of American personnel in 2021.

I am prepared to move forward to contempt proceedings,” McCaul said during an appearance on ABC‘sThis Week,” adding that such an action would be unprecedented for a Secretary of State.

McCaul also touched on the recently expired Title 42 policy, which called for the expulsion of illegal migrants at the border, and the expected surge of migrants at the border. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas toldThis Week on Sunday that encounters at the border have dropped significantly since the policy‘s expiration.

Weve actually seen a 50% drop in encounters at the border compared to the days before Title 42 ended,” Mayorkas said.

While McCaul applauded the decrease in border encounters, he argued that such progress could have been made much sooner.

Why did it take him so long?” McCaul said.I mean, I told him from day one, you can call it whatever you want, but the migrant protection protocols were working.”

McCaul also spoke about the recently passed bill by House Republicans that would raise the nation‘s debt limit and cut spending in certain areas. Experts have warned that a national default could occur as early as June 1 if no deal is struck.

I think defaulting on our full faith and credit, any financial person will tell you it‘s very catastrophic,” McCaul said.They said [Republicans] couldnt govern, we got a border bill passed.”

The saga between the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Biden administration continues to unfold, but with the expiration of Title 42 and the passage of a bill to raise the debt limit, it appears that the Republicanled House is making progress on some of its goals. Whether Secretary Blinken will face contempt proceedings or not remains to be seen, but it‘s clear the House Foreign Affairs Committee will continue to press the Biden administration for answers.


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