Washington (CNN) – The timing of when the Obama administration told Harry Reid about Bowe Bergdahl's release doesn't matter, the Senate Majority Leader argued Thursday.
Reid told reporters earlier this week he had been told about the prisoner swap last Friday, one day before the exchange. But a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, later said Reid was briefed about the mission on Saturday.
At the press conference, Reid said the discrepancy in when he found out is "a big deal over nothing."
His comments come as many members of Congress, including Democrats, have expressed frustration with the administration for notifying them of the prisoner exchange on the day it happened, not before. Law requires the administration to notify Congress 30 days before detainees are transferred from Guantanamo Bay.
On Wednesday, some lawmakers were shown a video the government received during negotiations late last year to prove Bergdahl was still alive. In the classified briefing, senators were told that the United States had credible information that Bergdahl would have been killed if news of the exchange became public ahead of time, according to a Senate aide who spoke on the condition of not being identified.
Reid defended the administration Thursday, saying "the president had a very short period of time to make a decision."
"He made a decision to bring him home and I'm glad he did because in my opinion–based on nothing in the classified briefing–in my opinion, every day that he was there was one closer to his dying," Reid said.
Still, it was irrelevant whether or not Bergdahl was sick, Reid said.
"Let's assume he was in vibrant health and he was faking all this," Reid said. "He is an American soldier, he's been kept in captivity for five years. The war is winding down. Let's bring him home – we do."
– CNN's Jim Acosta, Ashley Killough and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.