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June 3rd, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Bergdahl backlash: Political firestorm erupts over swap with Taliban

(CNN) – It was supposed to be a feel-good moment: The President, wrapping his arms around the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and telling the nation that America's only known prisoner of war in Afghanistan was coming home.

But now that the details of the deal with the Taliban are coming to light, the backlash from Bergdahl's fellow soldiers, and also from Republicans in Congress has been unflinching.

"I don't like the deal. I think it's a bad deal, and I don't like the precedent," said Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,

"We were never told there would be an exchange of Sgt. Bergdahl for five Taliban," said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

"For the President to decide these five, hardest of the hard core, should be in effect released, ultimately to go to the battlefield, in return for Sgt. Bergdahl at this stage, I think it was just wrong," said Rep. Peter King, R-New York.

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