Michael Morell, former President Barack Obama’s Acting CIA Director, called for an investigation into the drone strike that reportedly killed a family, including several children, a few weeks ago, saying that the Biden administration owed the American public the truth about what happened.
Morell made the remarks in response to a question from CBS News host Margaret Brennan about a report in The New York Times on Friday that called into question the administration’s claims about the drone strike, noting that the man who was allegedly targeted was an aid worker for a U.S. organization.
Morell noted that the strike was not an “over the horizon” operation because the mission was carried out using assets who were on the ground in Afghanistan.
“You know, what happened here needs to be investigated,” Morell said. “And I would hope that the administration, once it does the investigation, that it tells all of us publicly exactly what happened, and if we made a mistake, why. You know, President Obama was very strong on being open about making mistakes with drone strikes. And I think this administration needs to do the same.”
When asked whether or not this was a question for the Pentagon or the CIA, Morell responded, “It’s a question for the White House.”