Rep. McCarthy: White House 'knowingly know that they broke the law'
Special Guests Rep. Kevin McCarthy
June 09, 2014 / America's Newsroom
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy claims President Obama did not seek congressional approval for the controversial deal that swapped five high-level Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because "he didn’t like the answer he was going to get."
Appearing on "America's Newsroom," McCarthy told Martha MacCallum that in December 2011 and January 2012, the White House talked to the House Intelligence Committee about "different options and the answer they got back was 'no.'"
McCarthy dismissed claims that concerns over Bergdahl's health necessitated a fast-track response: "That's an unacceptable answer… there's very few people that they had to consult with in Congress -- the committee itself, the speaker, the Democrat leader and others. That would not take too long and if the health was the concern they can convey that to those individuals. He could have taken the time to do that."
McCarthy blasted the seemingly lopsided deal: "It almost seems they gave everything that the terrorists would ask for. What type of negotiations is that? How does that make America safer? How does that set up America for the future?"
Looking ahead to Monday's classified intelligence briefing on the Bergdahl exchange, McCarthy noted "there's going to be a lot of difficult questions for the White House -- from both sides of the aisle today -- and we're going to expect answers."
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