House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rodgers (R-MI) went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning and disputed President Barack Obama’s claim that he consulted with Congress for “quite some time” about a possible trade of Guantanamo Bay detainees for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“You know, I guess you’d have to parse his words,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know what he means by ‘consulted Congress for some time.’ In 2011, they did come up and present a plan that included a prisoner transfer that was — in a bipartisan way — pushed back. We hadn’t heard anything since on any details of any prisoner.”
Rodgers said the one exception was a “proof of life” video of Bergdahl that the military received in December.
Rodgers stressed that he would have continued persuing Bergdahl’s release, but not in exchange for Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he received a heads-up on the deal, but few, if any other leaders in Congress did.
The White House on Monday night issued an apology to Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for it’s “oversight” on not fully briefing Congress.