White House shifts reason for failing to notify Congress in Bergdahl trade

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.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Joan Neighbors says:

    Like anyone with an intelligence doesn’t know he’s in bed with the terrorists.

  • Bill T Smith says:

    Bet the true reason is the lying terrorist president obozzo is in bed with terrorists since his own half brother is party to this group and he knows it and his own actions prove he is a terrorist as well. Take our guns away makes it easier to provide help to the terrorists when they invade us again but on land too.

  • Buci01 says:

    Another lame excuse to cover up the real truth. He could not call Congress but yet I believe there were at least regular employees in this Faulty Administration that new. Are they really more Trustworthy than Members of Congress ?? I Do Not think so.

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