POW controversy in the spotlight
POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:29am
UPDATED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:38am
Washington, DC (NBC NEWS) — The controversial prisoner exchange to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will dominate lawmaker's attention on Capitol Hill this week.
There are no signs of the outcry diminishing from lawmakers.
They're eager for answers surrounding the deal and the events surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl's initial capture, and they're hoping to get them this week when key officials visit congress.
Senior White House officials are heading to Capitol Hill to defend the trade of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders.
They'll be briefing the house where Republicans and Democrats alike are angry they weren't notified ahead of time, and worry the administration gave up too much. "One Taliban has apparently said that he would return, uh, to the battlefield, so it's a mixed bag at best," said Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D) California.
"This was the wrong message at the wrong time and we're going to pay for this decision for years," said Rep. Mike Rogers, (R) Michigan.
Secretary of State John Kerry is dismissing concerns about the released Taliban returning to the fight, and u-s troops in Afghanistan being placed at increased risk. "I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some point to go back and get involved but they also have an ability to get killed doing that," said Secretary of State John Kerry.
At a u-s military hospital in Germany, Sgt. Bergdahl is telling his medical team he tried to escape at least once and after being recaptured was confined to a small space like a box.
U-S officials say Bergdahl is fine physically, but struggling psychologically and has chosen not to call his parents.
The FBI is investigating death threats to Bergdahl's family amidst allegations he may be a deserter for walking off his base.