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Hillary Clinton defends U.S. deal for Bergdahl: ‘We bring our people home’

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended President Barack Obama’s choice to arrange a prisoner trade to secure the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl in footage aired by ABC News on Friday.

“If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values,” Clinton told anchor Diane Sawyer. “One of our values is, we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. It doesn’t matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation.”

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“It doesn’t matter?” Sawyer asked.

“It does not matter,” Clinton said again. “We bring our people home.”

Conservatives have criticized the exchange of Bergdahl for Taliban officers, and have also called Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state into question, particularly regarding the fatal September 2012 attack that killed four Americans in a U.S. consulate building in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton also politely rebuffed GOP strategist Karl Rove’s insinuations that Clinton is still affected by a fall and concussion she suffered in 2012.

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“I know he was called Bush’s brain in one of the books written about him,” Clinton told Sawyer. “I wish him well.”

The interview is scheduled to be aired in full on Monday, but ABC’s preview, aired on Friday, can be seen below.


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An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.

The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

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