Andrea Mitchell not buying State Dept.’s spin on Bergdahl Swap

posted at 2:01 pm on June 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell appeared visibly irritated with State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Monday amid her efforts to suggest the Osama bin Laden raid serves as a precedent for a national security matter that is too sensitive to allow members of Congress to be briefed on its details. Harf even suggested that Mitchell and others were attempting to “recreate” the history of the bin Laden raid by insisting that members were briefed on it before it was executed.

Mitchell began by noting that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), “hardly a critic of the administration,” is vocally critical of the White House’s failure to notify congressional intelligence committee chairs on the details of the Bergdahl swap. Harf replied with a rehashing of the well-worn arguments surrounding the “short timeframe” imposed on the administration by Bergdahl’s supposedly worsening health and the Taliban, which reportedly threatened to kill the captive solider if details of the swap became public (an assertion Feinstein has refused to corroborate).

“Let me question you about that,” Mitchell interjected, “because the bin Laden raid was completely briefed for 11 months.”

“It was not, actually,” Harf interrupted.

“Marie,” Mitchell said sternly. “In fact, that was claimed initially by [former National Security Advisor] Tom Donilon, in fact, in a conference with me a week ago. But since that time, [former acting CIA Director] Mike Morell says that it was completely briefed.”

She added that she has spoken with at least two members of Congress who were briefed on the raid ahead of time. “It was briefed,” Mitchell stated matter-of-factly.

Harf just wouldn’t let it go. “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.”

Admitting defeat, Harf insisted that she and Mitchell could “recreate history” on the bin Laden raid all they wanted, but that was not relevant to the subject at hand. Harf is hoping you will forget that she had originally equated the Bergdahl swap to the bin Laden raid just two minutes prior.

Say what you want about Mitchell, but that was about as effective a dismantling of a political spin job in real time as I’ve ever seen.


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Oh my, they lost the scumhag who lives with a cadaver…

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Andrea Mitchell is just positioning herself to support Killary Klinton, she isn’t calling Obama a traitor or anything.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

When you’ve lost Andrea Mitchell…?

Nessuno on June 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

So pigs can fly…

sandee on June 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell appeared visibly irritated with State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Monday amid her efforts to suggest the Osama bin Laden raid serves as a precedent for a national security matter that is too sensitive to allow members of Congress to be briefed on its details.

Marie Harf, you Jeantel with blonde hair, Feinstein and the R guy were briefed one month ahead of obama (personally) offing Osama, and they kept their mouths shut. You lose, you female Baghdad Bobbie.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

How does it feel being taken for a fool, Andrea?

rhombus on June 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

It’s the usual – THEY LIE ABOUT THEIR OWN LIES!

Kapos on June 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Susan Rice is Marie Harf’s mentor.

idesign on June 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Harf even suggested that Mitchell and others were attempting to “recreate” the history of the bin Laden raid by insisting that members were briefed on it before it was executed.

They were briefed, one month ahead of the raid.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

They lie about their OWN LIES!

Kapos on June 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

An effective a dismantling.

What does this mean?

Diluculo on June 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

When you can’t fool the Wicked Witch of the East (who really wants to be fooled)….

bw222 on June 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Just curious, how many know that Beau Berghdal’s brother in law is US Naval Academy educated Navy fighter pilot?

aquaviva on June 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

They weren’t ‘briefed’ so much as de-pantsed.

faraway on June 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

“It was briefed to Senate leaders,” Mitchell concluded. “I know this from Dianne Feinstein. I know this [Rep.] Mike Rogers.”

True. These two knew the finest of details, one month ahead of the raid.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

PS, good to see Noah Rothman here. Enjoy him on HH’s radio show.

aquaviva on June 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Oh my, they lost the scumhag who lives with a cadaver…

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Be thankful she was too old to conceive when they married. Imagine what their offspring would have looked like.

bw222 on June 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I’m sure Harf wasn’t expecting actual push back from Mitchell.

supernova on June 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

So they have this dingbat stepping up to the plate instead of Queen ‘Power of the HashTag’ Psaki???

Did Jen exceed her ‘Self Inflicted Public Humiliation Quota’ and get sent to the showers???

BigWyo on June 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Mitchell must be a racist or something. That’s the only explanation possible, from what I’ve been told over and over and over.

s1im on June 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Say what you want about Mitchell, but that was about as effective a dismantling of a political spin job in real time as I’ve ever seen.

…and from the spinmeistresse of them all. If even she has reached her limits, imagine how the rest of the obama-azz-kissers feel. I hope they all choke from what they consume.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

It starts at the top….The State Department has been wandering in the wilderness for years.

d1carter on June 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

“The White House responded the the interview, saying ‘Andrea Mitchell is a known Tea Party racist, and her extremist views have clearly impaired her objectivity as a journalist, when addressing issues important to Dear Leader (Allah’s Praise be upon Him).’”

orangemtl on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I don’t believe her claims at the end that only a low percentage of released Gitmo detainees return to the fight, but I don’t have any data on this. Can someone help me with where I can find some info?

thuja on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The video is a disgusting display of kindergartners on display.

It is exhibit 1 of 1001 why the land is in puerile hands.

YOU should be very afraid.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Only a matter of time before she Claus von Bulow’s Greenspan…

mjbrooks3 on June 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Marie Harf and the last one – Jen Psaki – are the best the State Dept can come up with?

Kinda makes you wonder what the “bad” ones would be like.

climbnjump on June 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The State Department has been wandering in the wilderness for years.

d1carter on June 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

That is not a wilderness they are wandering around in, it is someone colon-rectal area…

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Harf just wouldn’t let it go. “What we’re talking about with Bergdahl is somewhat the same with bin Laden,” she insisted.

Truth, both pro-terrorism…

hillsoftx on June 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Marie Harf is Carney/Baghdad Bobby’s ‘sister’.

She and Psaki are Jeantels/parrots on TV, idiotic ventriloquists, with zero experience or heft.

Kindergarten all around!

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Start demanding his impeachment and we’ll talk, you harpy.

CurtZHP on June 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Start demanding his impeachment and we’ll talk, you harpy.

CurtZHP on June 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Mitchell would never ever do that, since it would assure a Republican being elected in 2016.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I don’t believe her claims at the end that only a low percentage of released Gitmo detainees return to the fight, but I don’t have any data on this. Can someone help me with where I can find some info?

thuja on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

There’s no way to tell until a body is identified or a video shows up. That’s what the analists on the weekend shows were saying.

Diluculo on June 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Andrea Mitchell??

Is that the Woman on MSNBC who’s face looks like
it’s been resting under two steaming Camel pies?

ToddPA on June 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Kudos to Andrea …momentary lapse of actual journalism

cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Do you think it’s more the second-term, second-string quality of Obama’s paid liars or that it’s hard to tell this many lies for this long and still sound somewhat credible?

crrr6 on June 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I don’t believe her claims at the end that only a low percentage of released Gitmo detainees return to the fight, but I don’t have any data on this. Can someone help me with where I can find some info?

thuja on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Can’t be sure….but….

If you keep them behind bars….

Then there is no need for a study to generate data ….

Electrongod on June 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Andrea will defend Hillary on this though

cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

So pigs can fly…

sandee on June 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

…and they’re building an airport in Mecca.

#MuckFohammed

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on June 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

thuja on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Can’t be sure….but….

If you keep them behind bars….

Then there is no need for a study to generate data ….

Electrongod on June 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Woah, woah, woah. Are you actually saying:

- keep behind bars = 0% return to fight?

WTF/

Nutstuyu on June 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Do you think it’s more the second-term, second-string quality of Obama’s paid liars or that it’s hard to tell this many lies for this long and still sound somewhat credible?

crrr6 on June 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I think when you tell that many lies for that long, your soul eventually bursts into flames like a piece of magicians flash paper.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Nutstuyu on June 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Um, what happened to the rest of my snarky comment? HA not able to interpret math signs?

Nutstuyu on June 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Andrea is just mad that Harf is giving Marxists a bad name.

faraway on June 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Greetings, Noah, and welcome.

As for Andrea, she’s been a willing tool of the Obama administration from the beginning.

Is this defection another sign that Obama has finally gone too far, even for his media tools?

If the media actually begins to raise questions instead of regurgitating his talking points…

novaculus on June 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Sorta like a deathbed confession for Andrea.

Marcola on June 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

The Obama administration marches out the “Dude, that was two years ago” guy in 3…2…1…

socalcon on June 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Mitchell’s only a few years late in her questioning. Had this been done since 2008, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are as a country today.

Now that journalists suddenly realize Mr. Obama’s term is coming to a close, they try to restore some credibility.

Slightly disingenuous and beyond belief.

Marcus Traianus on June 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I don’t believe her claims at the end that only a low percentage of released Gitmo detainees return to the fight, but I don’t have any data on this. Can someone help me with where I can find some info?

thuja on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I read an article over the weekend that placed the recidivist rate at 29%. I’ll see if I can find it.

Midas on June 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Is this defection another sign that Obama has finally gone too far, even for his media tools?

If the media actually begins to raise questions instead of regurgitating his talking points…

novaculus on June 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Don’t be silly, this is not a defection, it’s a distancing and repositioning behind Killary Klinton.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Do you think it’s more the second-term, second-string quality of Obama’s paid liars or that it’s hard to tell this many lies for this long and still sound somewhat credible?
crrr6 on June 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I think whoever said that Andrea had just moved on to Hillary was correct. I recall Debbie Wasserman Shultz coming out in interviews and lying just a brazenly, contradicting herself two or three times in the same interview and the lib interviewers would just nod in approval.

tommyboy on June 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Well, if we’re just going drone these guys when they leave Qatar, we could’ve saved them expensive weaponry had them swim home.

BKeyser on June 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

could’ve saved them expensive
BKeyser on June 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

BKeyser on June 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I read an article over the weekend that placed the recidivist rate at 29%. I’ll see if I can find it.

Midas on June 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

That is quite shocking to me…

bazil9 on June 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Dem media ho shows the tiniest little spark of intelligence…..

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Well, if we’re just going drone these guys when they leave Qatar, we could’ve saved them expensive weaponry had them swim home.

BKeyser on June 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

We could have saved the fuel required to land and take off as well by tossing them out of the aircraft at 30,000 feet too.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Harf needs to go back to selling girl scout cookies or working as a Domino’s pizza phone girl.

She looks ridiculous and totally lacks credibility just based on her looks alone.

/Don’t attack me, I’m a woman

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Ok, this Reuters piece from 2012 shows the recidivism rate to be just under 28% and climbing; not finding anything more recent than that yet.

Midas on June 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I admit…I larfed.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

At some point in time all ovomit’s shills in the media have to start going against him in an effort to rebuild their credibility. Too little too late for the sane among us, but as long as they do one story every 2 weeks that’s not pro-ovomit, the majority of the idiotic fruit loop sheeps that voted for this pusbag in the first place will think the lsm is doing their job.

I don’t have high confidence this country can come back from this progressive induced nightmare. Sht is going to hit the fan long before individual freedom and personal responsibility come back into vogue. At this point a lot of people, mostly on the left, are going to have to die before the point is made that we do not and cannot ever live in a socialist utopia and should never attempt this progressive left wing experiment ever again. To punctuate that point, we need to amend it to the constitution in big, bold letters, and snuff every progressive socialist that starts us on that path again.

When the body pile is big enough perhaps it’ll get the point in their thick, empty skulls.

Diluculo on June 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

So pigs can fly…

sandee on June 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

In an un-related news story, the National Weather Service reported earlier today that Hell has officially frozen over.

oldleprechaun on June 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The only reason Trandrea got momentarily annoyed is because Harf challenged her reporting on the bin Laden briefing.

Trandrea is very proud of her many Dem connections who tell her Special Things because she is a Very Important Journalist And The Wife of Alan Greenspan. She is still and always will be a reliable shill for Obama when it counts.

Missy on June 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

She and Psaki are Jeantels/parrots on TV, idiotic ventriloquists, with zero experience or heft.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Funny, even the Russians don’t think much of Psaki

climbnjump on June 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I’m sure Harf wasn’t expecting actual push back from Mitchell.

supernova on June 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Another juceboxer mistake. They still think they can just BS their way out of anything.

forest on June 9, 2014 at 2:37 PM

It is at least 29% that are returning to battlefield. How do we know this, because we have either killed, captured them (again) or know of them back fighting again.

ConservativePartyNow on June 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Marie Harf and the last one – Jen Psaki – are the best the State Dept can come up with?

Kinda makes you wonder what the “bad” ones would be like.
climbnjump on June 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Ever been to Chuckie Cheese??

ToddPA on June 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Better yet, she needs a remedial course in English. The first word out of her mouth is “wool,” when she means “well.” Way to go, spokesgirl.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Harf should have been the new Obama Press Sec.

She lies without remorse.

portlandon on June 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Harf, you are a loyal and trusted lapdog LIAR

rjoco1 on June 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Better yet, she needs a remedial course in English. The first word out of her mouth is “wool,” when she means “well.” Way to go, spokesgirl.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I cannot stand her giggling. In a condescending kind of way. She’s a freaking joke, bottom of the barrell, just grad-i-ated college and I wanna-be-a-suck-up… She lacks integrity, intelligence, class and honor.

Expect to see her pose for playboy after Obama leaves office. Yes, it’s that bad.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

sometimes when I drink too much Fool-Aid I Harf it up.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

She sounds like a little girl caught telling a lie and trying to talk her way out of it with double speak.

“Cause you know like I remember it happening this way because the paradigm shift wasn’t in place with Bin laden but I remember it was in place with Berghdal because it was Tuesday night when I normally wash my hair.”

Johnnyreb on June 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Ok, this Reuters piece from 2012 shows the recidivism rate to be just under 28% and climbing; not finding anything more recent than that yet.

Midas on June 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Thank you!

thuja on June 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Denier, denier, denier!

Another Drew on June 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

“Cause you know like I remember it happening this way because the paradigm shift wasn’t in place with Bin laden but I remember it was in place with Berghdal because it was Tuesday night when I normally wash my hair.”

Johnnyreb on June 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Exactly. What a shame that this is an actual State Department Spokesperson. SRSLY.

# hAsHtAg!

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Marie Harf on Monday amid her efforts to suggest the Osama bin Laden raid serves as a precedent for a national security matter that is too sensitive to allow members of Congress to be briefed on its details

…so when the Seal Team helicopter was downed after the Osama bin Laden raid occurred when someone was spiking the ball…and the CIA Chief in Afghanistan was ‘accidentally outed’….what is Marie Harf’s explanation?

KOOLAID2 on June 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Wool, she like, you know, totally thought like wearing the, you know, Big Girl pantsuit wouldn’t like make her assessment look fatuous. You know.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 2:55 PM

These people heading up state are bunch of arrogant buffoons. Now they claim if the deal was leaked the Taliban would kill Bergdahl. To what end? Sacrificing the return of the hierarchy Taliban henchmen? Really?

Please stop insulting my intelligence.

What’s your next lame brain excuse? Can’t wait to hear it. It’s like having 5th graders running the State Department. Except 5th graders are better liars.

fogw on June 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Luckily, the cameras were rolling, so she didn’t need to take a selfie in the middle of the interview.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Wool, she like, you know, totally thought like wearing the, you know, Big Girl pantsuit wouldn’t like make her assessment look fatuous. You know.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Wool… her douchgirl glasses are like from, like Wal Mart! I seen them there in a bin for $15.99. Also, her weave needs some work, some splashy colors, perhaps pink n purple. And gurrrrrl, she should DEF go with some black fingernail polish, push up bra and some vinyl pumps. FABULOUS.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Andrea should have said, “Please stop lying or I will end the interview,” but that would require something called “integrity.”

She has none and neither does Harf, who lied right to her face.

dogsoldier on June 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

If only Andrea would more often use her powers for good rather than evil.

docob on June 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Johnnyreb on June 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

And we don’t know the relevant fact pattern. You missed that one.

Oh and “what difference does it make?”

dogsoldier on June 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

LOL! First impressions last.

Christien on June 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Andrea should have said, “Please stop lying or I will end the interview,” but that would require something called “integrity.”

She has none and neither does Harf, who lied right to her face.

dogsoldier on June 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

What we witnessed here was really the changing of the guard.

Old, crabby hag interviews young, attractive hag; identifies ability to lie on live TV.

BobMbx on June 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

The Dream of the 90′s is alive in Portland. Is she even legal drinking age?

Mryett on June 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

LOL! totes!

JusDreamin on June 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Marie Harf and the last one – Jen Psaki – are the best the State Dept can come up with?

But she wore her super duper really smart glasses!

BacaDog on June 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

There is a huge difference between the OBL raid and the Bergdahl swap.

Killing a terrorist – the mastermind of 9/11 no less – who was still free to harm the US, is NOT the same as FREEING Gitmo terrorists. Those are people we spent considerable time, money, life and limb to take off the battlefield.

To assert that both situations have the same level of urgency and thus require the same levels of Congressional notification is ludicrous.

Mayday on June 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The “O’ Team has adopted a strategy that they think is working for them; continue to press phony talking points over the factual objections of their critics. They have decided on a version of this story and they will be darned if they are going to let this rendition of “it was a video” get unraveled by evidence to the contrary.

Harf may have made an extremely egregious faux pas in challenging Mitchell. It isn’t good when you tick off a high ranking member of the propaganda politburo.

Dan_NV on June 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

To be equating the assassination of public enemy number one with the unconditional release of public enemies 2 through 5, doesn’t sound like a winning argument.

fitzsweetpea on June 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

If you’ve lost Angry-a Mitchell, you’ve lost it all, as a Dimbulbrat.

PJ Emeritus on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The “Spokesperson states” He was being held by “ruthless people”. So we give up 5 even more “ruthless people” for him.

Why because Obambi wants to clear out Gitmo detainee’s. Rush stated today that Obambi tries this 2 years ago but Congress shut him down so this time they didn’t give any warning.

The talk needs to change to: Does the country think it’s a good ideal to put all these “ruthless people” back on the street? Since this is Obambi’s real intention.

cmptrnerd on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

When you hire brain-dead partisan sorority bimbos like Marie Harf for important government posts that require a skill set beyond good connections, the right schools and a well-worn pair of Obama kneepads, this is what you get.

Sacramento on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Pointless. One lie and liar amongst thousands, finally challenged, far into Obama’s second term. Big deal.

astronmr20 on June 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

…and they’ll be going out for cocktails together afterwards.

astronmr20 on June 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

They know it’s different. They just have an excuse to mention that obama got bin laden.

Ronnie on June 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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