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October 31, 2014

Reid: Bergdahl Notification Controversy Is ‘Big Deal Over Nothing’

reid031114 445x298 Reid: Bergdahl Notification Controversy Is Big Deal Over Nothing

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed bipartisan congressional complaints about President Barack Obama’s decision not to provide the legally required 30-day notice to Congress before exchanging five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“Its a big deal over nothing,” Reid said Thursday when asked why he appeared to be the only member to have gotten a heads up the day before the swap. “The whole deal is, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make?”

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, wasn’t called until May 31, and has accused the White House of deliberately keeping the Bergdahl trade secret to avoid scrutiny from Congress.

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has also sharply criticized the White House for not informing Congress about the Bergdahl swap.

But Reid said the president should not have waited.

“We all know the president had a very short period of time to make a decision. He made a decision to bring him home and I’m glad he did because in my opinion … every day he was there was a day closer to his death,” Reid said.

Obama said earlier Thursday that he would “make no apologies” for the deal and defended not telling Congress due to the fragility of the deal.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

 

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  • admin

    harry = morally corrupt

    • Ulyssess

      harry = running the Senate. Republicans = riding the bench.

  • brunsk42

    Except you broke a law the was just written and signed in December of 2013,, was that to long ago to remember,, when you get dementia you start forgetting things and act a little out of balance..!! It’s normal though harry…

  • docb

    I do not know the outcome but these are far better informed sources than the salacious nefarious attempts of the US media….

    http://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/bergdahl-and-the-guantanamo-five-the-long-awaited-us-taleban-prisoner-swap

    And this from the Global Post:

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/140603/bowe-bergdahl-guantanamo-prisoner-swap

    They have actually spent time ‘IN COUNTRY’ instead of in a barca-lounger!

  • Scott Towellz

    If the Obama regime is willing to lie to you about medical care, is there anything it won’t lie about? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8spP856AMY

  • left wing

    senile harry could care less about laws, just his power and graft as he continues to amass his millions stealing from the public.

  • Leland Stanford

    Ried asked what difference does it make? It is done. It is over.

    Would Ried trade Himmler for Bergdhal? How about Hitler for Bergdhal.

    You don’t trade war criminals at all. You hang them.

    And you hang them after a war with a country that is a party to the Geneva Convention.

    You trade foot soldiers for foot soldiers, not war criminals for one foot soldier.

    That is obvious but not discussed.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    SENATOR RIED: HAVE YOU AND YOUR PARTY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYED ALREADY? THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. OVER THE PAST FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS, MANY FAMILIES HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE SENATE HOLDS THE EXTENSION BILL HOSTAGE, REFUSING TO PASS THE BILL. ALTHOUGH BILLIONS HAVE BEEN RECENTLY APPROVED FOR THE UKRAINE, THE REPUBLICANS FEEL THAT THESE AMERICAN FAMILIES DON’T DESERVE THE HELP. THEY’VE CALLED THESE WORKERS “LAZY” AND HAVE BLAMED THEM FOR THEIR CIRUMSTANCE. THESE POLITICIANS HAVE SHOWN LITTLE COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY TOWARDS THESE FAMILIES IN DIRE FINANCIAL NEED. WE NEED TO VOTE THESE CAREER POLITICIANS OUT OF OFFICE

    • left wing

      get a job and quit expecting someone to pay you welfare for life.

  • Organix

    In some related video, an overview of the criminal nature of Hussein Obama’s marxist regime: http://youtu.be/86UL9ekiXDk

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  • John Brown

    “Its a big deal over nothing,” Of course Harry, we all know you think the law is no big deal at atll.

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