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Harry Reid channels Hillary Clinton to answer Bergdahl questions

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When asked Thursday about when Congress was notified of the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., responded with a line that has been recently associated with Hillary Clinton: “What difference does it make?”

The Obama administration announced Saturday that it had secured the release of Bergdahl in exchange for five top-ranking Taliban leaders, a revelation that came as news to many members of Congress.

"It comes to us with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following law," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday. "And in an issue with this kind of concern to a committee that bears the oversight responsibility, I think you can see that we're very dismayed about it ."

The California senator was joined in her “dismay” by Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, ranking Republican on the intelligence panel.

But their concern that the Obama administration released five Taliban officers without first securing congressional approval is largely without merit, said Reid.

“It’s made a big deal over nothing. The whole deal is: Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?” Reid asked reporters Thursday.

Reid revealed earlier this week that he was notified of the Bergdahl deal a day before the official White House announcement.

Reid said Thursday that he's not entirely sure if he was the only member of Congress to be informed of the swap before the official Saturday announcement.

The Nevada senator then turned his attention to a video from December of a supposedly ailing Bergdahl that senators viewed on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what was in his mind or what medicine or things he had taken. He just didn’t speak too clearly,” Reid said. The president “made a decision to bring him home — and I’m glad he did. Because in my opinion — based on nothing in the classified briefing — in my opinion, every day that he was there was a day closer to his dying.”


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines in May 2013 when she responded to questions regarding the White House's handling of the deadly attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, by blurting out: “What difference at this point does it make?”
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T. Becket Adams

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The Washington Examiner