MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell grew observably irritated with State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf on her show Monday when Harf kept spinning the Obama administration’s decision to break the law and not inform Congress of what was happening with the Bergdahl situation.
“What we’re talking about with Bergdahl is somewhat the same with bin Laden,” she insisted.
Adding that Congress was made aware of what the “architecture” of a prisoner swap would look like, Harf maintained that the operational intricacies of the deal, like the bin Laden raid, had to be kept secret.
“I don’t want to argue the point,” an increasingly exasperated Mitchell said. She did, however, by again relating a personal experience in which a Senate committee chair told her that the briefing on the details of the bin Laden raid occurred before the public knew about it.
“It was briefed to Senate leaders,” Mitchell concluded. “I know this from Dianne Feinstein. I know this [Rep.] Mike Rogers.”
The administration can keep spinning their decision making on this if they want, but any casual observer should be able to see that this is simply another case of the White House thinking that no one would care about their illegal activities. To liberals, the ends always seem to justify the means. The Obama team thought that people would be euphoric over the Bergdahl deal, not realizing that how you do things can be just as important as why you do them.
One more interesting note… around the two minute mark, Mitchell seems to betray something about this interview (go back and watch again – I’ll wait here).
Did you catch it?
At 2:05 Mitchell seems to admit that the interview was choreographed in advance… or at the very least that Mitchell made Harf aware of the questions she’d be asking beforehand. I wonder if conservatives are afforded the same courtesy as administration cronies?
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