Face in the News: All eyes on Obama and Bergdahl: Should the White House have kept Congress in the dark?

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(CBS News) -- This Sunday on Face the Nation, all eyes were on the Obama administration, as the President has come under fire after refusing to consult Congress on the plan to exchange five Taliban prisoners for captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Some of the most prominent criticism has come a top Senate Democrat, California's Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On Face the Nation, Feinstein restated her frustration about the lack of advance notice from the White House, and she expressed concern that the State Department would be able to contain the potential threat these former prisoners pose, even as they remain restrained from travel outside Qatar. "I heard John Kerry this morning say, you know, don't worry about them in Doha," Feinstein said, referring to the Qatari capital. "Yeah, you can't help but worry about them in Doha. And we have no information on how the United States is actually going to see that they remain in Doha, that they make no comments, that they do no agitation."

Feinstein did, however, underscore that the United States should always attempt to bring back prisoners of war, and she conceded that President Obama was "justifiably proud" his successful efforts to arrange the deal.

Her comments were picked in The Daily Caller, The Hill, Politico, FoxNews.com, Newsmax, Breitbart, The Wall Street Journal,The Washington Examiner, National Review, and ABCNews.com.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined Feinstein's criticism of the Obama administration's decision to withhold information on the prisoner exchange. He cited the period leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden as an example of a timely and leak-free consultation of a highly sensitive operation with the intelligence committee. "Those types of things are briefed to us on a regular basis," Chambliss said. "Not a day goes by, Bob, that I don't get briefed on some classified aspect of our intelligence community, a lot of which is ongoing operations."

Chambliss also refrained from weighing in on the credibility of the recent reports of mistreatment by Bergdahl's Taliban captors. We weren't there," he said. "We have nobody who was on the inside, so we don't know exactly what happened."

His comments were picked up by The Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The New York Post.

  • Peter Fulham

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