McCain May Turn to Subpoena to Get Info on Niger Ambush

McCain May Turn to Subpoena to Get Info on Niger Ambush

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated that "Of course" the Trump administration hasn't been forthcoming about the deadly Niger attack.

He also said President Donald Trump's administration is withholding information about the attack, but Congress should wait until his panel gets what it "deserves and needs", before launching an investigation. "It's because we have oversight of our military", he told reporters, according to CNN. "We, in the Department of Defense, like to know what we are talking about before we talk and so we do not have all the accurate information yet", the Defense secretary said Thursday.

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"It may require a subpoena", McCain told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux on Capitol Hill when asked what steps he would be willing to take to receive the information he's demanding on the attack.

The Defense Department already has launched a review of the attack, looking at why soldiers were susceptible to the ambush attack by fighters affiliated with the Islamic State terror group. McCain and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday that before the news of the ambush, they had nearly no knowledge about what U.S. Special Forces were doing in Niger at all. "We have to know what's going on". We have to authorize these operations and support them. Team members who were on the ground are being interviewed about what happened as well as preparations for the mission. "At that point, whether it be in a classified session or an unclassified hearing, I would suspect that we'll have a report delivered". "I appreciate your attention to this request and I look forward to working with you to get a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the October 4th incident".

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