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Harry Reid knew of Bowe Bergdahl deal before release
politico.com ^ | 6/3/14 | Burgess Everett

Posted on 06/03/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT by cotton1706

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a heads-up on the deal to transfer Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the five Taliban officials detained in Guantanamo Bay — but it’s not clear who else did.

In a brief interview, Reid said the White House contacted him ahead of the swap — but not by much.

“It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to comment when asked about White House outreach with regards to Bergdahl.

Reid’s remarks underscore a growing divide on Capitol Hill over how the White House handled the situation, which will begin to be hashed out by the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday. A classified briefing on Bergdahl has been arranged for senators on Tuesday afternoon to pepper top administration intelligence officials about how the swap went down — and why Congress was left largely in the dark.

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a similar briefing June 10 — though Republicans are pushing for an open hearing as well. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has vowed to hold hearings on the Bergdahl exchange.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; harryreid; kenyanbornmuzzie; mcconnell; nevada; reid
This is what Obama and Carney mean by "we consulted Congress," that is, we told Harry Reid in passing or in some email.
1 posted on 06/03/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

According to this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3163092/posts

McCain knew about it and was dead set against it.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 10:15:31 AM PDT by DManA
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To: cotton1706

And Cockroach Harry Reid, with a foul smelling stain on his nose, covers Obama’s arse as expected.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 10:15:44 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: cotton1706

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a heads-up on the deal to transfer Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the five Taliban officials detained in Guantanamo Bay — but it’s not clear who else did....”
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Dollars to donuts that Hillary Clinton knew. In fact, this exchange may have been one of the main things on the agenda when she went to the White House last week.


4 posted on 06/03/2014 10:16:21 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: cotton1706
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to comment when asked about White House outreach with regards to Bergdahl.

Way to lead, Mitch!

-PJ

5 posted on 06/03/2014 10:16:51 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: cotton1706
Hmmm... Wonder how long it will be before OBAMA says he didn't know about it until he heard it on the news?
6 posted on 06/03/2014 10:17:02 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Proudly providing the NSA with provocative textual content since 1995!)
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To: cotton1706

Reporting on this is insane. Probably best to wait a week to see what the real story is.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 10:19:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Political Junkie Too

It could turn out that Mitch was “briefed” and never told his caucus.

Now that isn’t a “notification of congress 30 days in advance” but if he was not told he could have answered without declining.


8 posted on 06/03/2014 10:20:42 AM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: KC Burke
Did Pelosi know? How about Boehner?

-PJ

9 posted on 06/03/2014 10:21:19 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: cotton1706

bttt


10 posted on 06/03/2014 10:21:52 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: cotton1706

In a brief interview, Reid said the White House contacted him ahead of the swap — but not by much.

“It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said.

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/harry-reid-bowe-bergdahl-briefed-prisoner-deal-white-house-107373.html#ixzz33b8bhfpQ


11 posted on 06/03/2014 10:24:01 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: cotton1706

Harry probably demanded a cut of the ransom money Obama paid.


12 posted on 06/03/2014 10:24:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cotton1706

Reid (D-Nev.) declined to discuss how much the Obama administration had kept him in the loop.

“Oh, I’m not going to talk about that,” Reid said.


13 posted on 06/03/2014 10:24:28 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: cotton1706
“It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said.

Getting pretty senile Harry when you can't remember something 3 days earlier.

14 posted on 06/03/2014 10:26:32 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Did Kerry know?
This sort of thing would probably involve the State Dept.
But then again, it’s Kerry.


15 posted on 06/03/2014 10:27:15 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: DManA

That was years ago, and was only hypothetical.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 10:27:46 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Texas resident
Usually, the co-chairs of the Select Intelligence Committees are told of these things, too.

For the Intelligence Committees, they're called "Select" because they are set up as fully bipartisan -- two co-chairs instead of chairman and a ranking member.

-PJ

17 posted on 06/03/2014 10:31:11 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: cotton1706

McConnell and Cornyn were notified.


18 posted on 06/03/2014 10:31:48 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cotton1706
“It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said.

Dude, it was, like, 3 days ago.

19 posted on 06/03/2014 10:31:56 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: DJ Frisat

“Hmmm... Wonder how long it will be before OBAMA says he didn’t know about it until he heard it on the news?”
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I wonder how long it will be before Obama says he’s “mad as hell” about it?


20 posted on 06/03/2014 10:35:01 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: cotton1706

We could trade Harry for a steaming Taliturd, but it wouldn’t be a fair trade.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 10:35:26 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: cotton1706
“It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said."

I'd say the odds are better than 50/50 that Reid is lying to give cover to Obama for the "I consulted Congress" claim. First the White House said they didn't consult Congress because of Bergdahl's health, now they say they DID consult Congress. What will they say tomorrow?
22 posted on 06/03/2014 10:35:38 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: blueunicorn6
“Obama paid”

backwards? think about all of the excess heroin money and the fact that china is no longer accepting us dollars from afghanistan. For fun, you could make a list of who was cut in and who was not.

23 posted on 06/03/2014 10:38:32 AM PDT by Selene
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To: DManA
Probably best to wait a week to see what the real story is.

In a week this will be "old news" and not worth even mentioning. Besides, in a week's time we will have uncovered at least 3 more new scandals which will briefly hold our attention.

24 posted on 06/03/2014 10:38:45 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: KC Burke

“It could turn out that Mitch was “briefed” and never told his caucus.”

Could also be Mitch doesn’t know and rather than say something and have the MSM blame republicans, better to say nothing.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 10:41:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Mitch McConnell was briefed and notified John Cornyn afterwards.


26 posted on 06/03/2014 10:43:39 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cotton1706

So what ? The law doesn’t say to tell one blowhard...


27 posted on 06/03/2014 10:44:24 AM PDT by GOPJ (ObamaCare - like buying a pig in a poke...)
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To: Cowboy Bob

““It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said.
Dude, it was, like, 3 days ago. “

Short term memory is the first thing to go in Demaggot Dementia!


28 posted on 06/03/2014 10:48:44 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Steve_Seattle
First the White House said they didn't consult Congress because of Bergdahl's health...

I thought that first they said they didn't have to because Obama said so in a signing statement when he signed some bill a few years ago.

I know, it's hard to keep all these stories straight. Dude, that was like 24 hours ago.

-PJ

29 posted on 06/03/2014 10:51:21 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: jimbo123
McConnell and Cornyn were notified

There will be no confirmation of this fact until after the mid-terms, if at all...

30 posted on 06/03/2014 10:57:22 AM PDT by mikrofon (Founders BUMP)
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To: Political Junkie Too

she was but suggested shed have to wait for it to be reported by the New York TImes before she knew what was in.... the communique!


31 posted on 06/03/2014 10:58:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: cotton1706

This was just an excuse for O’bastard to say...

“Well, the worst of the terrorists have now left GITMO, I’m releasing the rest and closing it.”


32 posted on 06/03/2014 11:02:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: cotton1706

The Taliban Gitmo contingent will kill Americans and the dictator shall not be criticized for it because his father had dark skin.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 11:17:32 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: cotton1706

liar - if he knew why didn’t his pal Feinstein know? and why did the state dept feel the need to formally apologize to Feinstein?


34 posted on 06/03/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: Cementjungle

The mean time between outrages is shrinking.


35 posted on 06/03/2014 12:05:49 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

I would have said something.


36 posted on 06/03/2014 12:50:41 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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