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White House Apologizes for Not Notifying Congress About Prisoner Swap

Sgt. bowe Bergdahl / Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

The White House has apologized to key lawmakers for not notifying them in advance about the exchange of five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican respectively on the Senate Select committee on Intelligence, said White House officials called them Monday to say the lack of notification had been an oversight. Feinstein said she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.

The White House did not immediately comment on the calls.

Meantime, GOP House Speaker John Boehner  thinks Congress should hold hearings on the prisoner swap that led to the freedom of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

In a statement earlier today, Boehner applauded the release of Bergdahl after five years of captivity in Afghanistan. However, he questioned the deal to swap Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

Boehner ripped the Obama administration for not consulting congressional leaders before the swap was triggered.

 

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