Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to “put partisan politics aside” to “immediately launch” a congressional investigation into President Biden’s botched handling in withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan, which has led to the Taliban quickly seizing power in just over a week timespan.
“I’m calling for Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to immediately launch a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the Biden administration’s failed withdrawal of American forces. They must put partisan politics aside and demand accountability from the Biden administration. This failure is unacceptable, especially following 20 years of war that has taken the lives of more than 2,300 American service members and wounded more than 20,000. The American people deserve answers,” Scott said in a statement.
“As the United States faces its most stunning, unforced and humiliating defeat in decades, President Biden’s abject failure to execute a strategic withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan has placed it back in the hands of the same terrorist-coddling extremists who ruled it on September 11, 2001, and created a power vacuum ripe for manipulation by the world’s most dangerous actors. Joe Biden’s carelessness has made the world a more dangerous place. His failures have endangered America and our allies,” Scott added.
The statement from Scott comes as America’s longest war ended with the enemy declare the victor even before the withdrawal of the last American troops from Afghanistan. Following the Taliban, the last major government stronghold left for the insurgent to topple after a lightning offensive capturing one provincial capital after another in just a week. On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly fled to the country, leaving the Taliban to enter the presidential palace in Kabul, and announced that they will reestablish the Islamic emirate.
In his push for an investigation, Scott, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, listed off several questions the probe should produce to detail “explanations and all relevant and supporting intelligence and data.” Such questions Scott asked is why was the withdrawal timeline expedited from the September 11 date set, what advice was provided to Biden and his national security team, and if Biden conducted a “proactively” preparation for a successful withdrawal.
House lawmakers were briefed Sunday regarding the situation in Afghanistan by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin following the Taliban seizing control of Kabul.
However, a GOP lawmaker told The Floridian that Sunday’s briefing by Biden’s team failed to answer the numerous questions they had raised as they heard the same talking points made by Blinken from interviews he appeared on numerous Sunday shows.
“Just listen to one of Blinken’s Sunday interviews he did yesterday on the mainstream media outlets, and that was most if not all the information we got as a response to the questions my colleagues on both sides had brought up,” a GOP lawmaker who spoke on the condition of anonymity said when asked about the briefing.
Earlier, Scott questioned whether Biden’s own cabinet member should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office over the quick and sudden collapse of Afghanistan and amongst other debacles caused by the president during his seven months in office.
“After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?” Scott tweeted.
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
The chair of the Senate GOP campaign arm tweet echoed similar calls by former President Trump and Republican lawmakers for Biden to resign, lambasting the president over his botched handling over the U.S. troop withdrawal. However, Scott has been the only one, so far, to bring up the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment.
On Sunday, Trump called for Biden to “resign in disgrace” over his hasting handling of Afghanistan amid the government falling to the Taliban.
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” Trump said in an email statement Sunday from his Save America PAC.
Biden is scheduled to address the nation for the first time publicly on the Afghanistan situation on Monday afternoon.