Senator Cramer and colleagues ask for more time to question Biden’s defense officials at next week’s hearing


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today joined a letter to SASC President Jack Reed (D-RI), asking for members to have more time to interview Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, next week. The letter is a response to concerns that committee members will be limited to a five-minute round of questions during the long-awaited hearing into the Biden administration’s disaster in Afghanistan, scheduled for next Tuesday.

“[The hearing] provides an opportunity to begin the process of accountability for the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan. This process can only begin, however, if members have the necessary time to ask difficult questions of the witnesses who preceded them ”, the senators wrote. “We therefore ask for your assurance that members will be allowed to ask at least two sets of questions during the public portion of the hearing on September 28.”

Senators Cramer are accompanied on the letter from Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

This follows a letter sent by SASC Republicans earlier this month Request more hearings with officials of the Biden administration on the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. The senator has participated in two closed hearings on the withdrawal so far.
Click here to read the letter.

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