Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict More Republicans call on Biden to designate Taliban as terrorist group How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE (R-Texas) has hired a former CNN journalist to serve as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee as it probes President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE's withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan this summer.
The journalist, Ryan Browne, has worked for CNN since 2015 covering the Pentagon and international security matters. He has reported from countries across the Middle East and was embedded as a contractor adviser to the Afghan National Army from 2011 to 2013 before joining CNN.
"I look forward to putting together a comprehensive, independent and facts-driven investigation,” Browne said in a statement issued through McCaul's office.
“It is crucial we discover what led to the chaos of the emergency evacuation, and examine the administration’s failed efforts to evacuate all American citizens, green card holders, local allies and other vulnerable Afghans fearing reprisals from the Taliban," he added.
McCaul and other Republicans grilled Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal Republicans demanding Blinken impeachment are forgetting one thing — the Constitution MORE on Monday about the troop withdrawal. McCaul, the top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said he appreciated Blinken testifying but added the secretary "once again provided us with little to no new information."
“What we saw in Afghanistan was a systemic failure of the federal government that led to the chaos and horrific devastation,” McCaul said in the statement. “That resulted in the death of 13 American service members and the abandonment of American citizens, green card holders, and our Afghan partners in a country controlled by a brutal terrorist organization."
Blinken defended the Biden administration's response, including its failure to predict how quickly the Taliban would overtake the county after the U.S. withdrawal.
“Nothing I or anyone else saw indicated a collapse of the government and the security forces in 11 days,” Blinken told lawmakers. “This unfolded more quickly than we anticipated, including in the intelligence community.”