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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul has released the following statement after reports surfaced that staff at the Kabul Embassy warned the Biden State Department in July of rapid gains by the Taliban and the need for an evacuation of staff. 

“For months, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been pleading with the Biden Administration to evacuate as many of our Afghan partners as possible before the Taliban found them and killed them. They ignored our calls. If these reports are true, it means this Administration also willfully ignored the pleas of their own people on the ground in Kabul and their warnings of how dire the situation truly was. Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee need a full briefing on these cables and any other warnings President Biden and Secretary Blinken may have received prior to this heartbreaking crisis they created. And we need it immediately.”