Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Thursday said the White House had to make the deal with the Taliban because Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “potentially on death’s door.”

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Asked on CNN whether the deal to swap Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees was a “bad” one, Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, responded:

“As much respect as I have for Senator Collins, for a United States senator to suggest we should leave a member of our armed forces, who was in the midst of an armed conflict, regardless of the circumstances he will likely be tried for, and considered to be innocent until proven guilty later … that she would leave a soldier in an armed conflict behind, when we had intelligence, from everything I understand, Erin, that this was our last, best opportunity, that he was potentially on death’s door … you know, looking at grainy video is not the best way to determine that. From everything I understand, this was our last, best opportunity.”

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