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White House Apologizes to Feinstein for Skipping Congress in Bergdahl Swap

In what may be a sign that the Obama administration thinks it erred by not notifying Congress in swapping Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, it has apologized to the ranking member of Senate Intelligence Committee for the “oversight.”

Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken apologized to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Monday evening; according the law signed into effect at the end of last year, the White House is required to give Congress thirty days’ notice of any prisoner swap. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he received a day or two advance warning, while Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said Congress “should not be surprised” of the move given the administration’s previous briefings.

“He apologized for it and said it was an oversight,” Feinstein told reporters Tuesday afternoon, noting that “oversight” was her word, not his.

“It’s very disappointing that there was not a level of trust sufficient to justify alerting us,” Feinstein continued. “The White House is pretty unilateral about what they want to do and when they want to do it… But I think the notification to us is important.”

[h/t POLITICO / National Journal]

[Image via Dianne Feinstein]

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