Whether the issue is health care or tax reform, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has never been afraid to speak out against President Trump and his administration. He continued this pattern on Thursday when he announced that he might seek a subpoena to gain information about the attack in Niger that left four U.S. Green Berets dead.
When asked by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux about the specific steps he’s willing to take to get information about the ISIS-affiliated attack, McCain said:
‘It may require a subpoena, but I did have a good conversation with Gen. McMaster, and they said that they would be briefing us. We have a long friendship, and we’ll hopefully get all the details.’
The Defense Department is currently conducting a review of the attack, but McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate armed services committee, said he might not wait for that investigation to be completed to take action.
‘That’s not how the system works. We’re coequal branches of government. We should be informed at all times.’
McCain also criticized the Trump administration earlier this week for not being more forthcoming with information about the attack.
When asked for his opinion on whether or not Congress should launch an investigation into the attack, he told reporters that he first would like to get the details that his panel “deserves and needs.”
‘Then you decide whether a quote investigation is needed or not.’
McCain didn’t provide many details about the kind of information he’s looking for. He only said that he’s interested in “all the specifics.”
‘That’s why we’re called the Senate armed services committee. It’s because we have oversight of our military. So we deserve to have all the information.’
When pressed further on whether or not he thinks the Trump administration has been honest about the attack, McCain simply said, “No.”
The senator reiterated this comment on Thursday when he was asked if the administration has been forthcoming. He responded:
‘Of course not.’
McCain also noted that he had an easier time getting information from the Obama administration that he has from Trump staffers:
‘Actually, it was easier under Obama. I’m very close to these people. We converse all the time. Gen. McMaster was in to see me yesterday. We’re just not getting the information in a timely fashion that we need.’
The news about McCain’s dissatisfaction with Trump, as well as the potential subpoena, has been met with varying responses on Twitter. Some have sided with McCain and demanded more information, while others have questioned the necessity of digging more deeply into the attack.
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