Rogers in the dark on Bergdahl since 2011

 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Tuesday disputed President Obama’s claim that Congress was consulted for some time about the decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“I guess you have to parse his words. I don’t know what he means by consulted Congress for some time,” Rogers said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In 2011, Obama administration officials met with top lawmakers on the national security committees about Bergdahl and raised the idea of a prisoner transfer, Rogers said. 

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“That was in a bipartisan way pushed back,” said Rogers, who added the consensus was, “This is a terrible idea.”

Rogers said he first learned about the exchange when received a phone call after Bergdahl’s release on Saturday — the first time he was in the loop since 2011.

“We haven’t heard anything ... since 2011, except for the proof of life video,” which Rogers said was released by his captors last December.

“We have consulted with congress for quite some time about the possibility that we might need to executing a prisoner exchange in order to recover for Sgt. Bergdahl. We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health,” Obama said Tuesday morning in Poland.

Rogers is among a number of lawmakers investigating whether the administration broke the law in executing the swap. U.S. law requires that Congress be notified at least 30 days in advance of a prisoner release.

Five Taliban prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay, and sent to Qatar where they must remain for one year.

Asked if he thinks they’ll get back into terrorism, Rogers said, “I believe three of the five for sure, likely four. I think there’s one possibility that that might not happen.”