White House says Hagel made final call on Bergdahl swap

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WASHINGTON, DC – It’s finger pointing time in Washington as people drill down deeper into the release of army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, asking questions like who was in on the plan to exchange him for Taliban terrorists in Gitmo.

Everyone assumed President Obama ordered the swap, but after top White House deputies briefed House members, folks aren’t so sure.

In fact, people came away with the idea that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave the go-ahead.

“I just heard the last question was who made this decision? And they indicated Secretary Hagel,” Rep. Buck McKeon, a California Republican told reporters after the meeting.

White House officials have been saying only a handful of people knew about the swap, and that was for security reasons, which is why they tell members of Congress, or so they said.

Now it turns out as many as 90 people in the White House were in on it. Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said, “It was a mistake that they didn’t and the fact that they – there were so many people within the know in the administration doesn’t help their case.”

Hagel talks to the house armed services committee Wednesday, a chance for him to describe what it’s like to be fingered by the president.