Rough Notes from interview with Senator Lindsey Graham after CLOSED briefing on Bergdahl – “no one could say Bergdahl was [suffering from] life threatening illness” – click to read

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NOTE: below is from my FNC colleague Kara Rowland:

Senator Graham spoke to the cameras following a closed appropriations subcommittee hearing on defense and intelligence spending where DNI Clapper was present.

 

Graham talked for about seven minutes and said he asked Clapper whether Bergdahl had some sort of life threatening illness that justified the swap now. He also said the administration is focused on closing Gitmo and getting rid of prisoners while he is focused on disposing of them appropriately.

 

I asked Graham if he had a sense for whether the intel community was blindsided by the deal and he said he wouldnt speak out if turn, noting that it’s not as if the disposition or danger level of the detainees in question had changed.

 

Graham says he wants videos of Bergdahl’s exchange released. He also said he will continue to press for an OPEN hearing on the matter. (Next week’s Armed Services hearing is closed.)

 

Here is the log from Jennifer Bowman.

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

 

Graham says Bergdahl situation “blew up in Administrations face” — and says he thinks a public hearing on this matter will need to happen.

10:57:05 the white house was looking at a twofer 10:57:11 withdraw from AFGHAN 10:57:18 AND SECURED LAST CAPTIVE OF THAT WAR 10:57:25 PRETTY GOOD POLITICAL 10:57:28 BLEW UP IN THEIR FACE 10:57:31 DESIGNED TO ENHANCE ANNOUNCEMENT ? 10:57:40 BASED ON CIRCUMSTANCE THAT WAS SO COMPELLING 10:57:47 NEED TO INVESTIGATE

 

calls for secret videos of Bergdahl to be released – and says he thinks a public hearing on this matter will be necessary.

10:58:51 I CAN’T IMAGINE THIS ENDING WITHOUT OPEN HEARING 10:58:58 VIDEO 10:59:01 I WANT IT RELEASED 10:59:04 I AM TIRED… 10:59:06 I WANT VIDEOS AROUND BENGHAZI COMPOUND RELEASED 10:59:14 TIRED OF THIS ADMIN. HIDING INFO BASING DECISIONS ON 10:59:21 I DON’T BELIEVE IT WOULD BE JUSTIFIED TO OPEN THIS MATTER 10:59:30 GITMO 10:59:35 ALL 10:59:39 TO ANSWER FOR THEIR LACK OF LEADERSHIP 10:59:44 HAPPEN HERE REGARDING THE PRISON TRANSFER 10:59:51 PUBLIC HEARING IS ESSENTIAL 10:59:55 CONSEQUENCES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

 

 

 

ENTIRE LOG HERE

 

10:54:21 we are about to withdraw 10:54:24 false construct 10:54:28 hold these prisonsers as long as they are threat to US 10:54:34 hostilities are against AQ 10:54:39 not the nation state of Afghanistan

 

10:54:44 they seized the moment to get rid of 5 hardcore guys 10:54:53 when approrpiate

 

10:55:00 my amendment passed unanimously 10:55:05 congress will have the right to vote 10:55:10 move these people inside the US secure prison 10:55:16 that makes sense 10:55:21 detention 10:55:32 it’s about their disposition 10:55:37 they are tyring to clean out the jauil 10:55:43 law of war

 

10:55:48 I asked questions about life threatening illnesses 10:55:55 no one could say bergdahl was life threatening ilness10:56:04 what kind of likeliehood would exist 10:56:12 going fight after the year 10:56:15 answer was very disturbing

 

10:56:24 I don’t know and don’t want to speak out of turn 10:56:29 breif today 10:56:33 no change in behavior of detainees 10:56:38 no one said they have turned around 10:56:44 they are still committed to jihad 10:56:49 cuased by fact one moment 10:56:55 near death sitch with bergdahl10:57:00 you got to understand what’s going on 10:57:05 the white house was looking at a twofer 10:57:11 withdraw fromAFGHAN 10:57:18 AND SECURED LAST CAPTIVE OF THAT WAR 10:57:25 PRETTY GOOD POLITICAL 10:57:28 BLEW UP IN THEIR FACE 10:57:31 DESIGNED TO ENHANCE ANNOUNCEMENT ? 10:57:40 BASED ON CIRCUMSTANCE THAT WAS SO COMPELLING 10:57:47 NEED TO INVESTIGATE

 

10:57:53 THERE IS SUPPOSEDLY BETWEEN QATAR AND US 10:58:01 THEY AREN’T ABLE TO MOVE AROUND FREELY 10:58:05 AT THE END OF THE YEAR THEY CAN GO ANYWHERE THEY LIKE 10:58:13 ONE YEAR HOUSED IN LUXURY 10:58:17 GUESS WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO GO? 10:58:23 BACK TO AFGHANISTAN10:58:26 CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT THAT LED THEM TO PRISON 10:58:32 TAKE AFGHANISTAN OVER 10:58:36 PUT YOUNG GIRLS BACK IN THE DARKNESS 10:58:42 THEY HAVEN’T CHANGED THEIR DESIRE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT GOAL

 

10:58:51 I CAN’T IMAGINE THIS ENDING WITHOUT OPEN HEARING 10:58:58 VIDEO 10:59:01 I WANT IT RELEASED 10:59:04 I AM TIRED… 10:59:06 I WANT VIDEOS AROUND BENGHAZI COMPOUND RELEASED 10:59:14 TIRED OF THIS ADMIN. HIDING INFO BASING DECISIONS ON 10:59:21 I DON’T BELIEVE IT WOULD BE JUSTIFIED TO OPEN THIS MATTER 10:59:30 GITMO 10:59:35 ALL 10:59:39 TO ANSWER FOR THEIR LACK OF LEADERSHIP 10:59:44 HAPPEN HERE REGARDING THE PRISON TRANSFER 10:59:51 PUBLIC HEARING IS ESSENTIAL 10:59:55 CONSEQUENCES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

 

 

 

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