WH apologizes for their “oversight” on Congressional oversight re: prisoner swap

Posted by: ST on June 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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The White House has apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for failing to alert her in advance of a decision to release Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.

Feinstein told reporters that she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken on Monday evening apologizing for what the administration is calling an “oversight.”

“I had a call from the White House last night, from Tony Blinken, apologizing for it,” she said.

 “He apologized and said it was an oversight,” she added.

Feinstein also said leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence panels were almost unanimously against a prisoner trade when it came up in 2011.

She said the chairmen and ranking Republicans of the “connected committees” spent a lot of time in 2011 reviewing the possibility of a prisoner swap and came out firmly opposed to releasing senior militants from the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.

“There were very strong views and they were virtually unanimous against the trade,” she said.

“I certainly want to know more about whether this man was a deserter,” she said of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released to American special forces in return for the freedom of five senior Taliban commanders.

Administration officials have said in public that they did not have time to inform Congress of the prisoner swap because Bergdahl’s life was in danger and they did not know how long the Taliban would be willing to wait to finalize the deal.

But Senator Harry Reid got a notification – not 30 days in advance, but he still got one:

At least one member of the Senate did have advance notice. “We were notified of the plan to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release on Friday,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, however, told TIME that there was no advance notice given to the leader of the House. Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein was not informed in advance, either, and on Tuesday Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken called her to apologize for the oversight, she told reporters.

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(Hat tip: Memeorandum)

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2 Responses to “WH apologizes for their “oversight” on Congressional oversight re: prisoner swap”


  1. Xavier says:

    The media and all Barry’s minions will fall in line and attempt to refocus the heat onto Bergdahl and divert attention from the blatant crime the administration committed by illegally releasing five terrorist leaders. Additionally, Barry claimed that the 30 day notification requirement “is not law” – yet it’s a part of the legislation package known as Obamacare that he signed into law. Along with appeasing Muslims worldwide, the administration has established negotiations with terrorists (so count on a rash of American kidnappings), and we may be seeing the beginnings of a scheme to realize the liberal dream of closing Gitmo, explaining Reid’s comment, “I’m glad to get rid of these five people”.

  2. Carlos says:

    Yeah, and it’s a good bet, dollars to donuts, that Creepy Harry and his “spokesman” are as big of liars as Obama, too.

    Notified Creeps in advance? OK, you lying sacks of pig poop, let’s see the proof! Whadayamean, it’s classified? It ain’t classified once you’ve told the world what you did. And if it really is, ya better arrest Creepy on the same charges ya wanna charge our favorite leaker in Russia for.

    Muslims hate pigs. Maybe that’s why they hate the Muzzy Prez – he’s nothing short of a pig.