Baltimore's CBS affiliate WJZ reports that Democratic congressman Dutch Ruppersburger of Maryland is blasting President Obama's decision to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl:
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, calls this a “dangerous precedent that puts all Americans at risk throughout the world.”
Ruppersberger is one of a growing chorus of critics who say five Taliban prisoners is too high a cost.
“Since World War Two we have not negotiated with terrorists or other groups,” Ruppersberger said, according to WJZ’s media partner the Baltimore Sun. “What concerns me is the future. This puts all Americans at risk throughout the world, including our men and women on the front line…for kidnapping.”
Many in the party have declined to defend Begdahl-terrorist swap, but Ruppersberger's remarks are the strongest criticism the president has received from any elected Democrat so far.Hillary Clinton defended the move publicly, but late last night her allies leaked a story to Josh Rogin of the Daily Beast saying that she was skeptical of the deal.