The chairman of a top House committee on Thursday subpoenaed the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan to testify before lawmakers next week after the State Department repeatedly failed to make the diplomat available.
The subpoena follows a collapse in peace negotiations between the Trump administration and the Afghan Taliban, and after President Donald Trump’s move to scrap a secret meeting with the Islamist militia at Camp David.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad needed to appear before Congress so lawmakers and the American people could“understand how this process went off the rails.”
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