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White House-Congress rift over Bergdahl deal deepens

Published on Jun 10, 2014 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A political storm over the trade of five Taleban inmates for a captured American soldier intensified on Monday when Obama administration officials told US lawmakers that up to 90 people within the administration - but no members of Congress - were told in advance about the swap.

"It strikes me as unfortunate that they could have 80 to 90 people in the administration aware of what was happening and not be able to trust a single Republican or Democrat in the House or the Senate," Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, a member of the House of Representatives Republican leadership, told reporters after leaving a briefing on the exchange.

The White House has been trying to appease angry lawmakers since President Barack Obama announced on May 31 that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl had been exchanged for the five inmates from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

House Republicans said they planned an investigation of the exchange deal.

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