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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul joined Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss Biden’s border crisis and the passage of H.R. 2, the debt ceiling, Putin’s unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, and the latest on his Afghanistan withdrawal investigation. 

Watch the interview here

On the Crisis at the Southern Border:

“I told him from day one, you can call it whatever you want, but the migrant protection protocols – Remain in Mexico – were working. Why? Because political asylum has been abused by the cartels. And when they get into the United States, whether they have legitimate claims or not, they’re released into our society.”

“When I chaired a Homeland Security Committee, we did a lot of border bills, bipartisan. I think there’s room for that. I think [the House Republican border bill] is kind of our big, bold blueprint…I’m still hopeful that there are rational Democrats out there who will work with us on some of these provisions.”

On the War in Ukraine: 

“Do I want Ukraine to win? Of course. That’s why I wanted the administration to put everything they had into this conflict so they could win. And thank God the Brits stepped it up when this administration wouldn’t put the longer-range artillery to Crimea… [Because] a victory in Ukraine is also a victory against the Chinese Communist Party in Taiwan. I just came back from the region. Every Asian leader told me, what happens in Ukraine has a direct impact on Taiwan.”
On Holding Secretary Blinken in Contempt of Congress: 

“We have a legitimate subpoena. There’s no executive privilege. A dissenting cable of 23 employees out of the embassy before Afghanistan fell stating why they dissented to the administration’s policy is very relevant to congressional oversight. We’re trying to work with them. They just sent another letter trying to delay this contempt proceeding. But if we don’t get that cable…I am prepared to move forward to contempt proceedings.”