White House officials have been fearing a possible congressional investigation into President Joe Biden. withdrawal from Afghanistan once the Republican majority takes over the House of Representatives, the Washington Post reported.
They say the investigations “could prove more emotionally difficult and politically damaging” than even the pending congressional investigations into Hunter Biden’s corruption.
In a report published Tuesday, the Washington Post noted apprehension regarding possible congressional investigations into Biden’s decision to withdraw US forces from the war-torn country, a chaotic process that resulted in the deaths of 13 service members. American and more than 170 Afghan civilians in a terrorist attack outside Kabul airport in 2021.
The article began by saying: “From the moment President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan started to go wrong: chaos at the Kabul airport, 13 US service members Killed by suicide bombing, Afghans falling to their deaths from taking off planes: White House braces for withering congressional investigations.”
He said that what is most worrying for Biden’s team is that the investigations will be conducted by an “empowered opposition” now that Republicans have won a majority in the House.
The article also noted that while everyone is talking about the investigations into Biden’s son, “some White House officials and other administration officials say privately that an investigation into Afghanistan could prove more emotionally difficult and politically damaging.” .
The outlet explained: “The White House can, and plans, to dismiss any investigation into Hunter Biden as a conspiratorial witch hunt, but even Democrats acknowledge that Congress has the right to examine problematic military action that resulted in the deaths of Americans and Afghans”.
The report claimed that Democrats know it would be much easier to dismiss claims against Hunter Biden than claims against the recall. “Democrats may argue that Hunter Biden’s business dealings don’t concern ordinary Americans, but few would say the same about the Afghan withdrawal.”
The timing of these investigations may also hamper Biden’s re-election campaign. The Post stated: “The investigation will likely be prepared just as President Biden launches his re-election campaign early next year.”
Describing the damage this could do to Biden’s image, the report said: “The August 2021 withdrawal was a low point in Biden’s presidency, sending his approval ratings plummeting as he became desperate scenes from Kabul were broadcast around the world, and the investigation would likely resurface.” worrisome issues such as the fate of Afghan interpreters who worked for the United States but were left behind.
He added: “That prospect is troubling to some on the Biden team, according to current and former White House aides, Pentagon officials and others across the administration.”
There is some comfort in the fact that “some leading polls show that American interest in the issue has waned” and that “lawmakers on both sides have already discussed the Afghan withdrawal and released reports on it.” So, they don’t “expect a big bombshell from any audience because the episode has been thoroughly vetted,” the Post noted.
However, the article stated that “an investigation conducted by House Republicans who chair committees and exercise subpoena power is a different matter, and Republican lawmakers They have made it clear that Afghanistan will be one of the main investigative targets.”