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Sen. Durbin Says Sgt. Bergdahl Deal Went Down Rapidly

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A top Democratic senator says the Obama administration only finalized the release of a U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan in exchange for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo a day before the June 1 swap.
Sen. Dick Durbin also says U.S. officials didn't know the location where they'd pick up Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl until an hour ahead of time.

Durbin presented the timeline Tuesday as an explanation for why President Barack Obama didn't notify Congress 30 days before the prisoner deal.
Republicans and some Democrats are criticizing the president for failing to notify them and claim he broke the law. Obama says he acted legally.
Durbin said that waiting 30 days, quote, "could have endangered the man's life."

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says he was briefed on the super-secret mission to take out Osama Bin Laden but was kept in the dark ahead of the swap. Boehner and other lawmakers had raise sharp concerns when briefed more than two years ago on the possibility of such a trade. But the Ohio Republican told reporters that he "was never briefed on any specific negotiation."
Boehner said the swap violates the policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists and that America is less safe as a result. He predicted that it will cost U.S. lives. 

A new CBS News poll shows 45% of Americans disapprove of the prisoner swap while just 37% approve. Those negative numbers jump among veterans - 55% say they disapprove of the deal and 65% say the U.S. paid too high a price to secure the release of the American prisoner-of-war.

The majority of Americans - 72% - think President Obama should have notified Congress before releasing the five Taliban detainees.

The House Armed Service Committee begins hearings on the swap Wednesday.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set to testify at the hearing.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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