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US Senator Threatens to Subpoena Kerry to Testify on Syria

© AP Photo / Erik SchelzigRepublican US Sen. Bob Corker
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Senator Bob Corker claims that US Congress should consider issuing a legal summons to Secretary of State John Kerry to force him to testify on the crisis in Syria.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Congress should consider issuing a legal summons to Secretary of State John Kerry to force him to testify on the crisis in Syria, Senator Bob Corker said during a congressional meeting.

"I don’t know what steps to take, subpoenaing a secretary of state is certainly an extraordinary step and one that needs to be thought about," Corker was quoted by Politico as saying on Thursday. "I don't know what to do when you have the biggest crisis, people flooding into Europe, 100 percent change taking place on the ground."

Corker announced last week that Kerry has been called on by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to explain current US policy on Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a high-level United Nations (U.N.) event on Afghanistan, at the Palace Hotel in New York, September 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
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In 2013, Senator Corker sponsored legislation to arm and train a Syrian opposition force. The Obama administration later adopted the policy, but critics allege it has been a complete failure.

Corker has said the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will conduct a series of hearings over the next several weeks on the US role and strategy in Syria and the Middle East.

The United States has repeatedly called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Russia has maintained the Assad government is the country’s legitimate authority and has supported it militarily under international law.

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