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Hawley, Senate Armed Services, to Question Top Military on Afghanistan Evacuation

FILE - IN this Jan 15, 2019 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee committee member Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Attorney General nominee William Barr during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hawley is facing conservative backlash after raising concerns with President Donald Trump's nominee to a high-profile appeals court. The Judicial Crisis Network on Monday announced plans to spend $500,000 on Missouri ads to sway Hawley to support D.C.-area U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao. Hawley on Monday told KFTK 97.1 FM Newstalk's Marc Cox that Rao doesn't have a strong record on abortion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Missourinet) Senator Josh Hawley plans to grill the nation’s top military leaders today – on the handling of U-S troop removal from Afghanistan. A marine from Missouri was one of 13 service members killed in a terrorist attack during the evacuation.

Hawley is on the Armed Services Committee and says Afghan Security Forces were known to be weak:

Hawley will question Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, and Commander of U.S. Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie today/Tuesday.

Hawley says it’s important to recognize the work of service members on that mission:

Senator Hawley says there are MORE questions Congress should address beyond this hearing.

The Senate Armed Services Committee begins this morning at 930 EST.

Hawley has already tee’d up his approach, saying he will slow down the vote on ANY Defense or State Department nominations until Milley resigns.

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