(Washington Post) Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) continued his defense Thursday of President Obama’s decision to free five Taliban commanders in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“What differences does it make?” Reid replied when asked if he was given advance notification about the planned prisoner swap and rescue last Friday, the day before the exchange was announced.
The subject of congressional notification — whether Obama violated federal law by failing to notify lawmakers of his plans to swap the five terrorism detainees in exchange for Bergdahl at least 30 days beforehand — has been debated on Capitol Hill in the days since the exchange. Republicans generally have faulted Obama for failing to provide formal congressional notification, while most Democrats have defended Obama’s decision, saying he was acting within his powers as commander-in-chief.