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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Public split on prisoner/POW exchange with Taliban: Poll

A new survey shows likely voters are effectively split on whether they agree with the United States' decision to exchange the transfer of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last prisoner of war in the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan. Published June 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a Democratic caucus lunch.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid: 'We rescue our soldiers first and ask questions later'

Amid growing questions surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the chamber floor Wednesday to offer a vigorous defense of the Obama administration's actions and ask rhetorically whether critics of the prisoner exchange would rather see the Taliban mete out justice than the U.S. military. Published June 4, 2014

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Blackburn: 'Leave no man behind' why people are upset about Benghazi

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, said Wednesday that the military's "leave no man behind" ethos at play in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is partly why Americans are upset about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Published June 4, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss asks Obama to declassify detainee info

Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he's written a letter to President Obama urging Mr. Obama to declassify — to the extent he can — information on the five Taliban commanders recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay in the swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Published June 4, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Nelson: 'Real question' of prisoner swap if Bergdahl deserted

While emphasizing he was not prejudging the circumstances under which Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban, Sen. Bill Nelson said Tuesday that there's a "real question" of whether the prisoner swap should have been made if Sgt. Bergdahl deserted. Published June 3, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 2, 2014. Carney was asked about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  from Afghanistan and a sweeping initiative by the Obama administration to curb pollutants blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Carney: Obama administration made Bergdahl rationale clear to Congress

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration has made it clear to members of Congress why they bypassed a rule requiring 30 days of notification for prisoner transfers such as the moving of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. Published June 3, 2014

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Senate panel approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter the facility. Levin hailed the defense bill provision as a significant change in the long standoff between the Obama administration and bipartisan congressional opponents over the post-Sept. 11 prison for terror suspects. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Sen. Levin: Congress 'should not be surprised' by Bergdahl swap

Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that President Obama put Congress "on notice" in December that he intended to exercise his powers to negotiate detainee transfers. Published June 3, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, speaks Friday, May 30, 2014, during a town hall-style debate of candidates for U.S. Senate. Graham, and challengers Bill Connor,  Det Bowers, Lee Bright, Jay Stamper, Richard Cash and Nancy Mace participated in the debate at the historic Booker T. Washington auditorium on The USC campus in Columbia.(AP Photo/The State, Tracy Glantz)

Graham wants a Senate hearing on Gitmo detainee transfer

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has asked the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan. Published June 2, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama 'has not been a soft president': N.Y. Dem lawmaker

Rep. Gregory Meeks, New York Democrat, said Monday he's giving the administration the benefit of the doubt on the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay detainees for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying President Obama's past performance on terrorism indicates he's not about to put Americans in harm's way. Published June 2, 2014

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, California Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rep. Buck McKeon: Still in dark on details of Gitmo detainee transfer

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican, said Monday he's still in the dark on the details of the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay detainees to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for nearly five years. Published June 2, 2014