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

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted June 5, 2014 at 1:41pm

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.