Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and Lawfare Project Director Brooke Goldstein slammed the White House for doubling down on the remark that the Taliban isn’t a terror group.

Yesterday, Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said that the Taliban is an armed insurgency.

Today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “It’s important to draw a distinction between the Taliban and al Qaeda. The Taliban has resorted to terror tactics, but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan. Now al Qaeda is a terrorist organization that has aspirations that extend beyond just the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that explains the difference in classification.”

McCarthy sounded off tonight on “The Kelly File,” calling this “absurd factually [and] absurd legally.”

“They don’t want to answer the question ‘cause they are trying to redefine American law on terrorism,” he said.

Under American law, McCarthy explained that to be classified as a terrorist group, the group must be foreign, conduct terrorist activity and be a national threat to the U.S.

“This latest charade is very symptomatic of a larger problem within the administration which is its inability to call evil what it is, its inability to call Islamist terrorists Islamist terrorists,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein said that the administration won’t admit that the Afghani Taliban is a terror group because then it would have to admit that the U.S. is leaving Afghanistan in the hands of terrorists.

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