Below is an excerpt from Politico’s Burgess Everett. What is key to me is WHEN did Senator Reid get notice, WHAT was he told, did HE or President Obama contact any Democrats (and which ones), what was the urgency to fail to notify Congress, what EXACTLY was Senator Reid told about the swap (the terms of the deal? 5 for 1? that Taliban chose the 5? what the host country has agreed to do/not do? etc)
“…Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a heads-up on the deal to transfer Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the five Taliban officials detained in Guantanamo Bay — but it’s not clear who else did.
In a brief interview, Reid said the White House contacted him ahead of the swap — but not by much.
“It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said….”
Note also: that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to comment when asked if there had been White House outreach to him in advance of the release.