House Intel Chairman: WH Called Feinstein about Bergdahl, but They Still Haven’t Talked to Me
The White House reached out to Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein following the Bowe Bergdahl exchange, but has yet to call up her House counterpart, Republican Mike Rogers, he says.
Feinstein received a call from the White House apologizing for the fact that she wasn’t contacted before the swap and explaining the administration’s reasoning for that decision. But Rogers, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he still hasn’t been contacted.
Rogers is a member of the “Gang of Eight,” a group of eight congressional leaders who are typically briefed on classified intelligence matters by the White House — the Senate and House intel-committee chairmen and ranking members and each party’s leader in each house. Of the eight, apparently only Senate majority leader Harry Reid was notified about the swap before it occurred. A congressional statute, Rogers argued, requires 30 days’ notice.