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CAITLIN MACNEAL – JUNE 1, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT
CNN's Candy Crowley put national security adviser Susan Rice on defense on Sunday over the U.S. negotiation for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was released from the Taliban as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan on Saturday.

In exchange for the Bergdahl's release, the U.S. authorized the release of five Guatanamo detainees, which has some Republican lawmakers questioning the administration's decision to negotiate for Bergdahl's release.

Crowley quizzed Rice on "State of the Union" about whether the U.S. negotiated with terrorists.

"Point blank, did the U.S. negotiate with terrorists for his release?" Crowley asked.

"Candy, what we did was ensure that, as always, the United States doesn’t leave a man or a woman on the battlefield," Rice responded. "And in order to do this — it’s very important for folks to understand — if we got into a situation where we said, ‘Because of who has captured an American soldier on the battlefield, we will leave that person behind,’ we would be in a whole new era for the safety of our personnel and for the nature of our commitment to our men and women in uniform."

Crowley continued to press Rice.

"I think the question now is, and you point to the kinds of warfare we’re having now, but no longer can it be said that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists," Crowley said.

Yet Rice insisted that the U.S. was presented with a new kind of situation with a prisoner of war.

“I wouldn’t put it that way, Candy. I wouldn’t say that at all," Rice said about Crowley's characterization that the U.S. negotiated with terrorists. “When we are in battles with terrorists, and the terrorists take an American prisoner, that prisoner is still a U.S. serviceman or woman. We still have a sacred obligation to bring that person back."

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Rice: Why Obama didn't tell Congress about prisoner swap
By SCOTT WONG |
6/1/14 11:06 AM EDT

President Barack Obama didn’t notify members of Congress before releasing detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because he didn’t want to risk the life of the American POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday.

“In fact, what we had to do and what we did do, consistent with the president's constitutional authority as commander in chief, is prioritize the health of Sergeant Bergdahl,” Rice said on ABC’s “This Week.” 

“We had reason to be concerned that this was an urgent and an acute situation, that his life could have been at risk. We did not have 30 days to wait,” Rice added. “Had we waited and lost him, I don't think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.”

Rice explained that members of Congress had been briefed in the past that a prisoner swap for Begdahl was a “prospect” the administration was looking at. But Defense and Justice officials determined that it was “appropriate and necessary” to carry out the swap quickly without informing Congress. 

“As a consequence, we have Bowe Bergdahl back,” she said.







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Rice: Too early to release info about POW's captivity
By SCOTT WONG |
6/1/14 10:50 AM EDT

It’s too early to release any information about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s years in captivity, including whether he’s having trouble speaking English, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday. 

“You know, there's a very refined and precise protocol for how we treat and support prisoners of war who have just been released,” Rice said on ABC’s “This Week.” “He going through this process of being supported and cared for and evaluated, but it's way too soon to get into the details of what transpired during his captivity."

At the White House Saturday, Bergdahl’s father mentioned that his son, who was captured in Afghanistan, was having difficulty speaking English after nearly five years of being held captive by the Taliban. But Rice offered no information about that.

“Our primary interest is in his health and well being and his full recovery and the opportunity for him to be reunited with his parents whom I had the privilege to meet yesterday,” she said. “They are overjoyed as any of us would be as parents, and all of us are as Americans, because finally after almost five years he'll be home.”

It was a “joyous day,” Rice said.

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If the admin sends Rice out to answer questions you know they are all lying...

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