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Rep. Eliot Engel of New York accused the Trump administration of keeping Congress and Americans “in the dark” about the negotiations with the Taliban.

The Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s diplomat negotiating with the Taliban, demanding the envoy testify before lawmakers about his talks with the insurgents.

Rep. Eliot Engel of New York accused the Trump administration of keeping Congress and the American people “in the dark” about the negotiations, which are aimed at opening the way to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 18 years of war.

The subpoena reflects growing frustration in Congress on both sides of the aisle about the administration’s reluctance to discuss the negotiations at an open hearing or in private.

In nearly a year of negotiations, the envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, has briefed lawmakers on the talks only once, when he met behind closed doors with senators in May. He has not briefed lawmakers in the House.

Engel said the subpoena requires Khalilzad to testify before the House committee on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. “sharp.”

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Khalilzad, a former ambassador to Afghanistan who has rarely spoken publicly about the talks, was not immediately available for comment. Read more

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Rep. Eliot Engel of New York accused the Trump administration of keeping Congress and Americans “in the dark” about the negotiations with the Taliban.

Rep. Eliot Engel of New York accused the Trump administration of keeping Congress and Americans “in the dark” about the negotiations with the Taliban.

Rep. Eliot Engel of New York accused the Trump administration of keeping Congress and Americans “in the dark” about the negotiations with the Taliban.