Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden

Com­mit­tee rank­ing mem­ber Sen. James Risch, R‑Idaho, ques­tions Sec­re­tary of State Antony Blinken lis­tens dur­ing a Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee hear­ing, Tues­day, Sept. 14, 2021 on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton. Blinken was ques­tioned about the Biden admin­is­tra­tion’s han­dling of the U.S. with­draw from Afghanistan. (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP) Drew Angerer/AP Repub­li­can derails Afghanistan hear­ing by ask­ing who can ‘press the but­ton’ to silence Biden Emi­ly Brooks Sep­tem­ber 14, 12:15 PMSep­tem­ber 14, 12:36 PMI­da­ho Repub­li­can Sen. Jim Risch grilled Sec­re­tary of State Antony Blinken about who in the White House has the author­i­ty to “press the but­ton” to silence Pres­i­dent Joe Biden in a strange exchange dur­ing a Sen­ate hear­ing that was sup­posed to be about the with­draw­al of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. “Some­body in the White House has author­i­ty to press the but­ton and stop the pres­i­dent — cut off the president’s speak­ing abil­i­ty and sound,” said Risch, rank­ing mem­ber on the …

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