Yesterday, the AP reported that, according to Obama administration officials, the White House kept the Bergdahl swap from Congress because the Taliban had threatened to kill Bergdahl if the news got out. Citizens weren’t really sold on that explanation, and nor, it seems, is Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, who is chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has generally been on board with this White House, but not this time:

When asked whether there was a “credible threat” on Bergdahl’s life if word had gotten out, the California Democrat responded: “No, I don’t think there was a credible threat, but I don’t know. I have no information that there was.”

Feinstein’s comments, part of an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Political Capital with Al Hunt airing Friday evening, put her at odds with White House officials. At a briefing Wednesday, administration officials told lawmakers that they couldn’t give Congress advance notice on the Bergdahl deal because the Taliban vowed to kill him if any details about the prisoner exchange came out.

She also said that she couldn’t definitively say whether Bergdahl’s life was in serious jeopardy, another argument that the White House has made to justify acting swiftly and without consulting Congress.

Oh dear.

Hey, when did she become such an Obama-hatin’, right-wing extremist?



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