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Harris Joins Rep. Norman in Introducing Impeachment Article Against Secretary Blinken

August 27, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today joined Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC-05) in introducing an article of impeachment against Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.  This action is in direct response to predictable, yet egregiously inexcusable failures of planning, execution, and leadership in Afghanistan that have led to the loss of American lives, endangered countless other American and allied lives, and set a horrible precedent on the international stage.  A full copy of the impeachment resolution PDF iconcan be viewed here.

Congressman Harris issued the following statement:

“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.  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.  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.”

Additionally, Congressman Norman offered the following statement:

“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.

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 city under the control of the Taliban. 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.

There are hundreds of question that need answers about this disastrous outcome from previous leaders, President Biden, and his entire administration. 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.”