As the situation with the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to become more complex and more political, Sen. Mark Warner (D) has decided to take a measured approach.
Bergdahl was safely returned to U.S. custody over the weekend. His rescue started as a story of American courage in the face of adversity and has quickly spiraled into a political controversy.
Republicans and some Democrats have reacted harshly to President Barack Obama's decision to secure Bergdahl's release by exchanging five leaders of the Taliban from the U.S. Military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Not only is the decision being questioned but the tactics as well. The president did not provide Congress with the details of the exchange which is required by law.
Complicating the matter is the questionable conduct of Bergdhal as a soldier. He is receiving harsh criticism from many of his former comrades who have accused him of deserting his post and leaving them in danger.
Sen. Warner is in a unique position on this issue. He sits on the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence and was part of a confidential briefing on the Bergdahl matter on Tuesday. While other members of that committee have not shied away from voicing their concern about the administration's approach, Warner is waiting to learn more.
"I'm glad that this American has been freed," Warner said. "I think there are questions about this Sargeant's behavior as Gen. Dempsey the chairman of the joint chief of staff said that will be dealt with in the normal chain of command."
Warner, like his fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), did say that he was concerned that the White House did not inform the Congress of their plans. However he was quick to point out that the circumstances related to the Bergdahl situation keep changing. Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the Taliban threatened to kill the soldier if the President consulted Congress.
Virginia's senior sentor plans to hold off on judgement until he learns the entire story.
"I do believe in the normal course that the law should be followed and that congress should be notified," he said. "But this new information is just coming out, I think it's better from at least this Senator, I'm going to hold final comments until we get all the facts."
You can see Warner's comments below: