The House Armed Service Committee has been detailing the facts of the swap for five high-level Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who went AWOL.
The investigation has taken a full year, and the committee comprised of Republicans and Democrats announced officially: President Barack Obama broke Federal law during their secret negotiations for the Bergdahl swap!
There is a rule which would have required the Obama White House to give Congress a full 30 days notice about transferring terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Instead, they were notified just a few hours before the transfer back in 2014.
Now, Bergdahl faces life-sentences for his charges of desertion, and the Taliban fighters have already returned to the battlefield…
“At the time, there were rumors that on-again, off-again talks about a prisoner exchange, which had broken down several years earlier, might be underway again, but the administration repeatedly suggested to reporters and to Congress that nothing significant was going on,” the report found.
The report also found that the administration kept some defense officials who would normally work on transfers out of the loop. The administration has said it feared a leak of the swap would scuttle the deal and could endanger Bergdahl’s life.
“Our report finds that the Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer,” said the committee’s chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas).
“Leading up to the transfer, DOD officials misled Congress as to the status of negotiations. Pentagon officials best positioned to assess the national security risks were left out of the process, which increases the chances of dangerous consequences from the transfer,” he said.
“It is irresponsible to put these terrorists that much closer to the battlefield to settle a campaign promise and unconscionable to mislead Congress in the process,” he added.
The Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), slammed the Obama administration and noted, “Most disturbing findings of this report are the calculated decisions and plans to mislead Congress and the American people as to the details and necessity of this transfer.”
Congress, by releasing this report, is detailing the great lengths the Obama administration will go to violate the law and put America at risk.
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