Politics Secretary Hagel faces tough questions on 'imperfect' Bergdahl exchange (+video)

The exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantánamo detainees riled House lawmakers, who pressed the Defense secretary to explain why the US had 'negotiated with terrorists' and failed to consult with Congress.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave a skeptical congressional committee a spirited defense of what he acknowledged was an “imperfect” deal exchanging Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantánamo detainees. The deal honored a solemn military commitment to “leave no man behind” while mitigating national security risks to the United States, he said Wednesday.