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Mr. Reid initially said he was alerted Friday, which would have made him the only member of Congress to get a day’s advance notice. Mr. Chambliss, one of those who is supposed to be given a notification on such operations, wasn’t officially notified until Monday, two days after the swap — when the administration apologized for leaving him out of the loop.

Mr. Reid has since altered his claim of early notification but said Thursday that it’s a nonissue.

“I’m not sure I’m the only one. I mean that’s made a big deal over nothing. The whole deal is, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make?” Mr. Reid said.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.