Chuck Hagel contradicted the administration’s story about the process regarding the Bowe Bergdahl exchange just minutes into his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.
Earlier this week, in a classified briefing with the House, administration officials reportedly said the secretary of defense made the final decision for the swap. On Wednesday, Hagel told a different story.
“I would never sign or make any agreement, agree to any decision, that I did not feel was in the best interest of this country,” he said. “Nor would the president, who made the final decision with the full support of his national-security team.”
Hagel also conceded that the administration could have done “a better job” of informing Congress of the process.