Senator McCain suggests subpoena to make White House cyber aide testify

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

Lawmakers have been left in the dark and are pressing the White House for answers, with Sen.

McCain also signaled that he might hold up defense nominations over the issue.

Leading this charge is Sen.

The Arizona Republican and head of the armed services committee curtly replied "no" when asked whether the Trump administration has been transparent and helpful in releasing information about the attacks.

The Pentagon has dispatched a team to Niger to figure out exactly what happened in an attack two weeks ago that left four U.S. soldiers dead and two others injured, the New York Daily News reports.

McCain also argued Wednesday that the Trump administration is not being forthcoming about the information it has.


"To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of worldwide leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems", he said, "is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other exhausted dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history".

"That's not how the system works", McCain said to CNN.

"We are not succeeding", said Sen. "We should be informed at all times".

Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Trump reportedly did not remember Johnson's name and told the widow "he knew what he signed up for".

Senators are criticizing the Trump White House for not allowing its senior cybersecurity adviser to testify before the Armed Services Committee.


"If you can change the outcome of an election, then what is the constitution and our way of life all about?" said McCain.

Donald Trump's least presidential moments so far. However, it wasn't until 12 days later after the reports that Trump made his first public acknowledgment of the ambush. Joyce was appointed to the National Security Council post earlier this year.

Cyber officials from the FBI, Department of Defense and Homeland Security all testified. Instead, he delivered a speech that has been widely criticized for making false claims about his predecessors' actions after a service member's death and was condemned by a Gold Star father.

"There's a mind-set over there that they're a unicameral government", McCain said on Thursday, accusing the Trump administration of intentionally trying to keep Congress in the dark about the military's overseas engagements and noting that "it was easier under Obama". The investigation into the ambush - which spans the Special Forces group, AFRICOM, and the Pentagon as well as French and Nigerien forces - will likely take longer, given the broad scope of the mission.

While Special Forces troops have operated under AFRICOM's purview for years, intelligence and contingency plans still remain the backbone of any mission U.S. forces undertake.


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