Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), an Army veteran and double amputee, excoriated Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the first congressional hearing on the botched Afghanistan withdrawal on Monday, telling him that families of the killed 13 service members deserve real answers over what happened.
Mast queried Blinken about the leaked transcript that showed President Joe Biden pressuring then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to change the perception of the security situation in Afghanistan prior to the withdrawal of all U.S. forces.
Mast asked Blinken whether Biden tried to get Ghani to manipulate the intelligence that things were not going well. Blinken said Biden did “absolutely not.”
According to the transcript, Biden had told Ghani in a July 23 phone call (emphasis added):
Hey look, I want to make it clear that I am not a military man any more than you are, but I have been meeting with our