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Prisoner Swap Criticism Continues
By Danielle Leigh
(NBC News) The Obama Administration is preparing for another day defending the deal to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity.
Lawmakers say a briefing yesterday did little to quiet their concerns, and they'll be doubling down for answers in hearings on Capitol Hill this week.
White House officials will be on the hill talking about the prisoner exchange at least two more times this week.
And as lawmakers seek answers, the American public is giving the administration's decision mixed reviews.
House Republicans emerged from a hearing with key White House advisers more frustrated than before it began.
After learning just how many people knew about the deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban leaders before Congress. "I'm concerned about the administration telling 80 or 90 people within the administration and not one member of Congress about this," said Rep. Buck McKeon, (R) California.
"I didn't get any good answer as to why five Taliban, high ranking Taliban were traded and why that was a good deal," said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, (R) Illinois.
At least one Democrat is rising to the administration's defense. "Should we bring him home, should we not bring him home? No! We bring home everyone!" declared Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D) Illinois.
Now recovering at a military hospital in Germany, Sgt. Bergdahl tells military officials he was kept in a tiny metal cage after trying to escape.
Allegations that Bergdahl may be a deserter for walking off his post five years ago have some demanding a military inquiry. "There will be a time and a place for a review to be conducted about the circumstances of his disappearance," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
In a new pew research poll, four in ten Americans called the prisoner exchange the "wrong thing" to do.
Later today a senate committee will hold a closed hearing on the Bergdahl exchange...and on Wednesday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will testify here on Capitol Hill.