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June 4th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

Playing politics with Bergdahl swap

(CNN) – It has been an unusual return for a man called America's only prisoner of the Afghan war.

Most Americans knew nothing about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, gone for five years. Their first introduction was a momentous White House Rose Garden event, and the story line that came with it.

"He's going to be safely reunited with his family, he served the United States with honor and distinction," National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

Republicans immediately seized upon the deal. Five mid- to high-level Taliban commanders were freed and sent to Qatar for a year in exchange for Bergdahl's release.

"It depends on the details. These details are terrible," said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

"What the President did was, he certainly violated the law," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia.

"I think they seized a moment here to get rid of five hardcore guys, and their goal is to empty that jail," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

The criticisms by Bergdahl's former battle buddies further took the bloom off the rose.

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and the National Journal's Ron Fournier join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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