Feinstein backs off Bergdahl criticism

Feinstein backs off Bergdahl criticism

[Ed. – She managed to be non-political for a week. That’s got to be a new record for Dems.]

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is backing away from her criticism of the White House deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Feinstein has fueled the controversy by taking the Obama administration to task for not informing Congress ahead of time about the swap of five Taliban militants for Bergdahl.

She noted that committee chairman and ranking members opposed the swap when it was proposed at the end of 2011, which could explain why the administration wanted to keep lawmakers in the dark.

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But on Tuesday, she said it was time to end the debate.

“I think we need to put an end to all of this now. I think enough is enough. I think the Senate has had a hearing and the House has had a hearing,” she said. “Everybody has heard what they need to hear.”

Feinstein made her comments as senators on the Armed Services Committee emerged from a closed-door hearing on Bergdahl. Feinstein did not attend the briefing.

Seven senior administration officials testified before the panel but the session revealed little new information.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he did not hear anything that was not already publicly reported.

“I do not know why the hearing was classified,” he said.

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