Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday stole a page from Hillary Clinton’s playbook, by asking “what difference does it make?” when Congress was notified about the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.
Reid was asked if he was alerted earlier than other members of Congress about the decision to trade Bergdahl for five members of the Taliban who were detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“I’m not sure I’m the only one,” Reid said. “It’s made a big deal over nothing. Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?”
Notification makes a big difference to Republicans, who have pointed out that U.S. law says the administration had to give 30 days’ notice before transferring detainees out of Guantanamo. Instead, Republicans said members were given about 5 hours’ notice.
As he did earlier in the week, Reid defended the prisoner swap as a way to get the last U.S. prisoner out of Afghanistan. But Republicans have since said Obama likely put more Americans in harm’s way by releasing five detainees that many said are still dangerous.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously downplayed the reasons behind the 2012 Benghazi attack by saying “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
In that case, Republicans again argued it makes a big difference whether the attack was a response to a video — as the Obama administration first claimed — or if it was a planned terrorist attack that caught the administration off guard.