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Menendez skewers Austin no-show at Afghan testimony

Menendez skewers Austin no-show at Afghan testimony

1 00:00:00,120 –> 00:00:05,970 >> I’m very disappointed that Secretary Austin declined our request to testify today. A 2 00:00:05,970 –> 00:00:11,520 full accounting of the U.S. response to this crisis is not complete without the Pentagon especially when 3 00:00:11,520 –> 00:00:17,790 it comes to understanding the complete collapse of the US trained and funded Afghan military. 4 00:00:17,790 –> 00:00:24,030 His decision not to appear before the committee will affect my personal judgment on Department of Defense nominees. 5 00:00:24,030 –> 00:00:30,120 >> I expect the secretary will avail himself to the committee in the near future and if he does not I 6 00:00:30,120 –> 00:00:35,370 may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him and others over the course of these last 7 00:00:35,370 –> 00:00:36,540 20 years to testify.

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