“If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values. And 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,” Clinton said, coming perilously close to her now infamous "what difference does it make" line.
"It doesn't matter?" asked a surprised Sawyer.
"It does not matter," Clinton said. "We bring our people home."
Clinton, Truth Revolt said, used the interview to pump her new book, "Hard Choices," telling Sawyer the decision to swap five top Taliban commanders for a soldier whose platoon mates say is a deserter was a hard decision to make. Two of those swapped for Bergdahl are wanted by the United Nations for war crimes.
"I think [exchanging Bergdahl for 5 Taliban] was a very hard choice, which is why I think my book is so aptly named," she said, when Sawyer asked if Obama "made a deal with the Devil."
Clinton is not the only one deploying the "what difference does it make" defense regarding Bergdahl. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used Clinton's exact line to defend Obama's failure to obey the law in notifying Congress about the swap.
“It’s made a big deal over nothing. Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?” he asked.
He also defended the prisoner swap as a way to get Bergdahl back. Critics of the swap, however, say Obama has put more Americans at risk and handed the Taliban a propaganda victory.
Clinton, ABC said, suggested that questions regarding Bergdahl's disappearance need to be answered, but said the administration was right to focus on bringing him home. The full interview, ABC added, is set to air Monday, June 9, at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The book is set to be released on Tuesday, June 10. Video of her comment can be seen above.