The declassified report looking at the withdrawal from Afghanistan was released on Friday.
They have been accused of releasing Friday to bury the report.
The State Department released a declassified version of its long-anticipated report Friday examining the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, unveiling the harshest critique of any of the administration’s efforts to examine its own handling of the crisis to date.
“The decisions of both President Trump and President Biden to end the U.S. military mission posed significant challenges for the [State] Department as it sought to maintain a robust diplomatic and assistance presence in Kabul and provide continued support to the Afghan government and people,” the report states.
The White House released portions of its broad review in April, drawing in part from the State Department’s probe, which was completed in March of 2022.
But that initial summary painted the Biden administration in far more glowing terms, asserting that the president “undertook a deliberate, intensive, rigorous, and inclusive decision-making process” but was constrained by his predecessor.
The State Department’s review finds that some of the choices made by Biden “compounded the difficulties” diplomats faced in Afghanistan, such as the speed at which the military withdrew and handing over Bagram Air Base to the Afghan government in July of 2021, leaving Hamid Karzai International Airport as the sole evacuation route.
GOP Rep. Mike Waltz called it “shameful.”
The Biden administration released a State Department review of its botched Afghanistan withdrawal the Friday before the July Fourth holiday weekend, in what Republicans say was an attempt to bury its release.
The administration also omitted about 60 pages in the version that was released.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) blasted the late release, saying he had called for the administration back in April to release an unclassified version of the review — which was completed in March 2022Were they trying to hide this report?