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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul has secured an agreement with Secretary Blinken that would allow all Members of the committee a reasonable opportunity to view the dissent channel cable and the response. In response, Chairman McCaul has agreed this would be a satisfactory accommodation to the subpoena and would take contempt off the table. This is the first time in U.S. history that a dissent channel cable has been provided to Congress.

“This is an unprecedented step forward in our committee’s investigation into the Afghanistan withdrawal,” stated McCaul. “For the first time in history, the State Department has agreed to allow Congress to view a dissent channel cable. This cable contains first-hand information from Embassy Kabul employees who were on the ground prior to the collapse as well as Secretary Blinken’s response to their concerns. I want to thank Secretary Blinken for negotiating with me in good faith on this.”