The Obama administration again shifted its explanation Tuesday for failing to notify Congress about the deal to gain the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying it couldn’t divulge “operational details” of the secret military mission without risking the lives of U.S. soldiers who conducted the exchange.
As the White House tried to quell growing bipartisan furor about the top-secret prisoner exchange with the Taliban, President Obama’s aides said he had no choice but to keep lawmakers in the dark until the deal was completed.
“If you’re going to put servicemen and women in harm’s way on a secret military mission, making a lot of phone calls around town doesn’t seem like a very prudent measure,” said White House deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest. “Discretion on this matter was important.”
It was a new defense from the White House as the president’s advisers tried to explain why they failed to notify Congress 30 days in advance of any transfer of terrorism detainees from the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as required by law.
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