US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul has made a request for additional transcribed interviews as part of the committee’s ongoing investigation into the “chaotic and deadly withdrawal” from Afghanistan.
McCaul has requested transcribed interviews with the top three spokespeople who played a significant role during the withdrawal and evacuation process.
The requested witnesses include former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby, and former State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
He stressed the importance of hearing from these individuals who acted as the voice of the administration during the critical period of August 2021.
“As my committee continues seeking answers for the failed Afghanistan withdrawal, it’s crucial we hear from those who were acting as the voice of the administration,” McCaul said.
He noted the stark contrast between the optimistic messages conveyed to the American public and the grim realities unfolding on the ground in Afghanistan
“The rosy messages these individuals conveyed to the American people throughout August 2021 vastly differed from the scene playing out on the ground. It’s time for these officials to come forward and give our Gold Star families — and the American people — the answers they desperately want and deserve,” McCaul said.
The committee has set a deadline of September 18, 2023, for each of the requested witnesses to contact the committee and arrange their transcribed interviews.
The investigation into the Afghanistan withdrawal continues as lawmakers seek to gain a comprehensive understanding of the decision-making process, communication, and actions taken by the administration during this critical period in U.S. foreign policy.