Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2021

Sen. Menendez Floats Subpoena for Biden’s Defense Secretary

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A Democrat senator on Tuesday floated issuing a subpoena for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after the Biden administration official didn’t show up to a congressional hearing. Austin was absent for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, stoking criticism from the top Democrats and Republicans on the panel. “I’m very disappointed that Secretary Austin declined our request to testify today,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the panel’s chairman, said in his opening remarks. “A full accounting of the U.S. response to the crisis is not complete without the Pentagon, especially when it comes to understanding the complete collapse of the U.S.-trained and -funded Afghan military. His decision not to appear will affect my personal judgment on Department of Defense nominees. I expect the secretary to avail himself to the committee in the future, and if he should not, I may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him … Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS

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