Hawley says he’ll hold up State and Defense Department nominee unless Blinken and Austin resign over Afghanistan exit

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The Missouri Republican told Granthshala that his hold would apply to any civilian candidate at the deputy and secretary level, as well as ambassadors.

The move would force Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to take the time-consuming procedural steps necessary to put forward several non-controversial candidates. And with less time, this could be enough to indefinitely delay any nominees, who would normally be quickly confirmed by voice vote.

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Speaking earlier Tuesday on the Senate floor, Hawley also called for President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, to resign, arguing that “the failure of these individuals, the failure of this administration, has cost Americans their lives.” Lost and left American citizens. Enemies.”

“There has to be accountability and then there must be a fresh start,” he said.

Granthshala has reached out to the White House for comment. The senator’s threat would spark concern within the Biden administration, which has already been slow to announce some major nominations and has yet to confirm established ambassadors in major countries such as China, India, France or Israel.
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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez mocked Hawley’s plans on Tuesday, accusing his fellow senator of endangering US national security.

“It would undermine American national security and its interests,” said Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat. “That would be a great idea from Sen. Hawley.”

But Hawley brushed back the notion that his move would threaten national security efforts, telling Granthshala that his concern was with, among other things, the 13 US service members killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan last month, As troops rushed to evacuate the Americans and vulnerable Afghans.
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“I worry that hundreds of American citizens were left behind enemy lines and are still there. And I worry that the President of the United States said it was an extraordinary success … I’m about another example in American I can’t think of history when a commander-in-chief has celebrated that kind of devastation as a success,” the senator said. “He should resign.”

Among those implicated in Hawley’s plans are Scott Miller, an LGBTQ rights activist and philanthropist, who Biden named last month as the next US ambassador to Switzerland, and Rahm Emanuel, Biden elected to be ambassador to Japan. Were.
The threat could also complicate confirmation processes for Melissa Dalton, Biden’s move to become Assistant Secretary of State for Homeland Defense and Global Security Affairs at the Department of Defense, and many others including David Cohen to become the US ambassador to Canada. The nominees, Karen Donfried, were made Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs and Anne Witkowski as Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

The Senate on Monday confirmed three State Department candidates: Donald Lu for Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Brett Holmgren for Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, and Brian Nichols for Assistant Secretary of the Western Hemisphere.

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