Bergdahl hearing debates if prisoner swap was legal
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Lawmakers held a hearing on Wednesday about the Obama administration trading five Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Some members said the exchange broke the law. Rep. Ted Poe, (R) Texas, said, "The administration must notify Congress 30 days before releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees and second, the administration has to specifically tell Congress how releasing each terrorist is in the national security interest of the United States. The administration did neither."
While other members of congress made their case. "As to negotiating with terrorists, it's a nice phrase that we don't do it. The fact is, we do it all the time. The Bush administration negotiated with every single terrorist regime in the world," Rep. Brad Sherman, (D) California, said.
An Army specialist told members of congress Bergdahl's plans to leave his post were premeditated. "He had a plan and was trying to justify it in his head. How long he had planned this I do not know but it is clear to me that he had a plan and executed it." Spc. Cody Full said.
Specialist Full told lawmakers members of his platoon that were killed would have been deployed somewhere else if they weren't looking for Bergdahl.
While there are many reports of soldiers being killed in the hunt for Bergdahl, so far the military hasn't confirmed any deaths were related to the search for him.