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Thu., June 5, 2014, 2:54 p.m.

Crapo opposed similar Bergdahl swap and Labrador speaks up


The senator has 'significant concerns' about Saturday's trading five Taliban leaders for the Idaho soldier

GOP Sen. Mike Crapo said Thursday that he earlier objected to an Obama administration proposal to free six Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Congress was informed about the plan to exchange prisoners at Guantanamo for Bergdahl and Crapo was among those who “pushed back very strongly,” he told the Statesman.

“I don’t remember the exact dates, but back, I think, in 2011, there was a possibility like this,” Crapo said.

In earlier negotiations, the Taliban “wanted all of the Gitmo prisoners released and it may have been 21 and then other numbers,” Crapo continued. “I know that ultimately these five became a focal point — there were six of them at that time, but one of them has passed away.” Full story. Idaho Statesman

Meanwhile Raul Labrador has chastised some members of his own party for their reaction to Bergdahl's release. Read more here.

Some of you have been complaining about Labrador and Crapo's silence. Happy now?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.