House Republicans Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Secretary Of State Antony Blinken
Calls for the impeachment of Secretary of State Antony Blinken continues to gain ground over the ongoing debacle in Afghanistan.
On Friday, two House Republicans have launched articles of impeachment against Blinken, arguing that Biden’s secretary of state has “failed at his job” following the recent deadly attacks in Afghanistan which killed at least 13 US servicemen and wounded hundred others from both the US and Afghan side.
GOP Representatives Ralph Norman (South Carolina) and Andy Harris (Maryland) put forward the impeachment resolution, saying that President Joe Biden — and Secretary Blinken in particular, were solely responsible for Thursday’s bloodshed in Afghanistan, now deemed as one of the deadliest days of conflict since 2011.
“The Biden Administration’s handling of Afghanistan has been an unmitigated catastrophe. This preventable tragedy rests solely on the shoulders of President Biden and his Administration, and in particular the Secretary of State,” Rep. Harris said.
“We are the most powerful nation on the planet, and we must make clear to the Taliban that we will stay to get our people out as long as that takes,” the Maryland representative added, referring to the evacuation of American citizens, allies, and troops of the United States.
Harris then pointed out Blinken’s “utter failure” in managing the Afghanistan issue, as he urged his fellow lawmakers to join him in pushing for his removal.
“Secretary Blinken’s complete and utter failure of managing this avoidable catastrophe makes him unfit for leadership, and I hope my colleagues will join me in pushing for his removal,” Harris went on.
Afghanistan mess “preventable”
Rep. Norman said in a statement that the unfolding tension in Afghanistan could have been avoided — but the Biden administration, specifically Secretary Blinken “failed” to carry out his mandate.
“The recent events in Afghanistan were entirely preventable. The actions undertaken by this administration, but more specifically Secretary Blinken, were irresponsible and have placed countless American lives in harm’s way, resulting in the deadliest attack on American soldiers in the last decade,” the South Carolina lawmaker said.
“Under the Constitution of the United States of America, the Secretary of State is tasked with informing Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations. In Afghanistan he failed to do so, leaving American citizens exposed in a city under the control of the Taliban,” Norman added.
“Secretary Blinken is also responsible for the safety of American citizens abroad and, in the case of danger, the safe and efficient evacuation of those Americans – which he has not done thus far.”
He went on to lament how the Biden administration seems to keep “hundreds of questions” about the Afghanistan debacle unanswered.
“There are hundreds of questions that need answers about this disastrous outcome from previous leaders, President Biden, and his entire administration,” Norman went on.
“One lost life is one too many. Secretary Blinken played a vital role in this foreign policy failure and his dereliction of duty deserves nothing less than impeachment,” he added.
Multiple personalities have also earlier called for Blinken’s resignation.
It’s time for Anthony Blinken to resign.
The State Department leadership is in chaos. https://t.co/m1g1phpwfQ
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 24, 2021
Blinken knew terrorists were coming. He should resign.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) August 27, 2021
"Secretary of State Antony Blinken needs to resign.”
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) August 20, 2021
Donald Trump Jr., also called for the resignation of several other members of the Biden administration responsible for the turn of events in Afg
This is 100% right, but it's not just Biden who needs to resign.
Blinken, Austin, Milley, Sullivan and Klain all own this disgrace too and need to go!!!! https://t.co/1HVgHtB0tO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 26, 2021
Earlier, several Republicans have already called for Biden’s resignation, also citing the escalating tensions in Afghanistan – exacerbated by the multiple bombings that took place in Kabul, Thursday.
“Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General [Mark] Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office,” GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) wrote on Twitter.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) August 26, 2021
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley also called for Biden to step down.
My further statement on Joe Biden’s abject failure in Afghanistan that is costing American lives by the hour pic.twitter.com/KaHVMYbKTe
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 26, 2021
To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible. It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 26, 2021
“To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible,” Hawley tweeted in response to the deaths of US servicemen in Afghanistan.
“It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”
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