Although congressional Republicans have called for oversight and consequences for President Joe Biden administration’s incomplete and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, ultimate authority for punishing the White House lies with the voters themselves.
More than a dozen Republicans have called on Biden to resign over the botched withdrawal, and a few more have called for his impeachment. Those calls, which have included the questioning of his mental state and fitness for office, will almost certainly fall on deaf ears. An attempt to impeach Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears similarly ill-fated.
Congress does have options for investigating the responses of the executive branch and the intelligence community to the fall of Afghanistan, however. Armed with subpoena power, committees can compel the testimony of executive branch officials and access documents.
Blinken testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, and will appear in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie are also scheduled to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 28. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Senate Republicans Demand Hearings On Afghanistan, Sworn Testimony From Secretary Lloyd