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Hagel: Actually, the President Made the Final Call on Bergdahl — Not Me

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.


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