Wow: Saxby Chambliss, ranking member on the Senate intel committee, didn’t know Bergdahl had left a note until now

posted at 3:21 pm on June 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, this makes two separate accusations today — Ed already blogged the other — involving government attempts to suppress the truth about Bergdahl. Bad enough that they’d ask good soldiers to conspire in it, but withholding it from Congress takes this to another level.

Pay attention at around a minute in, when he says he was taken by surprise by yesterday’s NYT story about the note Bergdahl reportedly left before leaving his post five years ago. (A note which may or may not have hinted at renouncing his citizenship.) Chambliss, who holds a plum intelligence post within Congress, read Bergdahl’s classified file. The note wasn’t in it. In fact, it sounds like the note wasn’t even mentioned in it. Why not? Am I missing something here? Kelly seems to take what he says in stride, but I don’t know how else to read this except as Chambliss accusing someone — the Pentagon, the IC, maybe the White House — of covering up evidence that might, if known, have made it harder to gain congressional acquiescence in a prisoner swap. If he’s not saying that, what is he saying? What would be the “innocent” explanation for overlooking a written confession to desertion from the only American POW in Afghanistan, whose release the president has been trying to secure for years?

Oddly enough, according to Chambliss, there were no accusatory statements from Bergdahl’s squad mates in the file either. Is that because they were pressured to lie to military investigators or because they told the truth and their statements were conveniently left out of the file? And one more question: Did Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Intel Committee, know about the note Bergdahl left or was the evidence kept from her too? Feinstein’s already irritated at the White House for shutting her out of the Bergdahl negotiation process for the past two years. If they also lied to her about the note, this might become a bipartisan fiasco for O.



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Schadenfreude

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Lying must be part of her job description, statistically you can’t keep drawing the short straw.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Scary thought, but it could be that the White House actually thinks she’s good at it. They don’t set a very high bar for anything over there.

de rigueur on June 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Lying must be part of her job description, statistically you can’t keep drawing the short straw.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

George Will made the point tonight that it may be Susan Rice who is feeding the lies to the president, which may be the scariest thought of all..

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Lying must be part of her job description, statistically you can’t keep drawing the short straw.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Yea, you’re probably right. She got caught contradicting herself about Bergdahl’s health condition as well.

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Yea, you’re probably right. She got caught contradicting herself about Bergdahl’s health condition as well.

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

bergdahl is a very sick man…………….and so is his dad.

VegasRick on June 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Yea, you’re probably right. She got caught contradicting herself about Bergdahl’s health condition as well.

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

bergdahl is a very sick man…………….and so is his dad.

VegasRick on June 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Oh, wait. You meant……I see………….

VegasRick on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

George Will made the point tonight that it may be Susan Rice who is feeding the lies to the president, which may be the scariest thought of all..

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

That is scary. And surely if she is found to be lying to the president, she will be held accountable. /

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

The decision to use Susan Rice is got to be Valerie’s….and the talking points.

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

That is scary. And surely if she is found to be lying to the president, she will be held accountable. /

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Well, it is getting worse. James Rosen was just talking to Bill O and reported that he is working on a story that shows Berdahl’s collaboration with the enemy is about as bad as you can imagine.

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

That is scary. And surely if she is found to be lying to the president, she will be held accountable. /
scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM
Well, it is getting worse. James Rosen was just talking to Bill O and reported that he is working on a story that shows Berdahl’s collaboration with the enemy is about as bad as you can imagine.
esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM It’s already pretty bad…although under Obama worse is always the next option…

sorrowen on June 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

And the administration, with all its intelligence and spying and surveillance, knew nothing about this soldier’s history? Right. They say they have to bring all Americans home, and that’s fine, but if some of these stories are true about him, he better be brought up on charges, and QUICKLY.

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

These guys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_6vGj67Iq8

davidk on June 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM

davidk, I never go looking for stuff like this, but thanks for posting. made me cry to see what our guys have to go thru…

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

They don’t set a very high bar for anything over there.

de rigueur on June 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

They don’t have to, they have that dog whistle close at hand.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I think it’s a little bit misogynistic for the administration to keep feeding Susan Rice a bunch of false statements to go spout on the Sunday shows (again). Why don’t they send John Kerry? By the way, where has JK been in all this?

scalleywag on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM
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Lying must be part of her job description, statistically you can’t keep drawing the short straw.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

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Scary thought, but it could be that the White House actually thinks she’s good at it. They don’t set a very high bar for anything over there.

de rigueur on June 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

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They can “get away with it”, ’cause their voting constituency doesn’t set the bar very high, either … : (
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BTW … that is a good question about JK’s whereabouts, scalleywag.
He appears AWOL on this issue.

listens2glenn on June 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Sometimes it’s tough to educate our Congress, they stay in the beltway too long, sometimes the year changes.

mixplix on June 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

The note will turn up in the Map Room Sandy Berger’s pants.

Akzed on June 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

BillH on June 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

bergdahl is a very sick man…………….and so is his dad.

VegasRick on June 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Umm Rick, I think you are inadvertently implying that there’s possibly a cure, since they are both “sick”. We both know there is no cure for what ails them, unless it’s a lead-based cure, perhaps.

Harbingeing on June 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Obama, Rice, holder, jarrett, and kerry don’t give a damn about the public outrage. The goal is to empty GITMO since congress refuses to do so. If it costs them the senate, so be it.

They don’t care, and they despise our nation.

matthew8787 on June 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

George Will made the point tonight that it may be Susan Rice who is feeding the lies to the president, which may be the scariest thought of all..

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Really? I missed that, and it sounds about right. where?

petunia on June 5, 2014 at 12:51 AM

We’d all be better off if we stopped electing men named Reince, Saxby and Lyndsey.

Mitochondrion on June 5, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Whole thing stinks. This is probably what they call ” noble cause corruption”, the “noble” cause in Obama’s mind being “me, myself, I”.

Esperanza on June 5, 2014 at 2:04 AM

esr1951 on June 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM
The decision to use Susan Rice is got to be Valerie’s….and the talking points.
d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Valerie Plame?

Brock Robamney on June 5, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Sure does make a person wonder what info is allowed to go to an intel committee, what a joke this Government is.

mixplix on June 5, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Please stop referring to “The Taliban 5″ and start referring to “The Obama 5.” Branding is everything and any future war crimes by these animals are on BHO’s head.

TarasBulbous on June 5, 2014 at 6:56 AM

so obama and his hacks
LIED to congress AGAIN
withheld data from congress AGAIN

Broke the law AGAIN
and called anyone who disagrees with this shady deal a racist AGAIN.

released 5 hard core TALIBAN commanders for a DESERTER.

oh and when announced obama the COWARD was out of the country AGAIN.
too afraid to hold a press conference to explain his actions AGAIN

sniffles1999 on June 5, 2014 at 7:52 AM

when SUSAN RICE the benghazie LIAR shows up on the tube
you know she is LYING

someone should ask her to her face with the cameras rolling

SINCE YOU LIED ON BENGHAZI HOW DO WE KNOW YOU ARE NOT LYING NOW???

sniffles1999 on June 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Dianne Feinstein, can’t stay mad at Obama….she’ll be back to covering his ass, probably today…

nonstopca on June 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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