Blinken threatened with contempt of US Congress over Afghanistan cable

Source: Yahoo! News

“The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee threatened Secretary of State Antony Blinken with contempt of Congress if he does not comply with a subpoena seeking a classified cable related to the August 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. In a letter to Blinken dated Friday and released on Monday, Representative Michael McCaul said information that has been provided about a ‘dissent channel’ cable sent in July 2021 and the department’s response to the cable were insufficient to satisfy the committee. The committee issued a subpoena in March seeking the information. The ‘dissent channel’ allows State Department officials to communicate directly with senior officials. A Wall Street Journal article in August 2021 said the cable warned top officials of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.” (05/08/23)