Fall Guy? Officials Now Saying Hagel Made Final Call on Bergdahl Swap
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) says that at a classified briefing to House lawmakers, administration officials said it was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who made the final decision to approve the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. McKeon will chair a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee tomorrow in which Hagel will testify.
McKeon joined Bill Hemmer this morning, saying that it sounds like the White House is now trying to distance the president from the Bergdahl trade due to the "pushback" over Bergdahl's apparent desertion and the reaction to the release of five Taliban leaders.
"When I first heard about it, I saw the president with the Bergdahls on television. I didn't see Secretary Hagel. It sounded like it was a presidential program all the way. ... I hope they're not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this," said McKeon, adding that he believes people understand who made the decision.
"I think they're parsing words, worrying about who gets the blame if things really go bad," he said, arguing that the most "unsettling" idea is that "we don't know who is in charge at the White House."
Watch the interview above, and tune in to Fox News, tomorrow at 10a ET for full coverage of Hagel's testimony to Congress.
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