A year-long Congressional investigation has concluded that President Obama knowingly and willfully violated federal law.
The investigation focused on the exchange of five senior Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, and the efforts made by the administration to hide the negotiations from Congress.
Federal law requires the President to give members of Congress at least 30 days notice of any detainee transfers from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where the five Taliban leaders were held.
That duty was not met according to the report from the House Armed Services Committee. In fact, the report says the White House intentionally mislead lawmakers about the potential prisoner exchange.
Instead of 30 days notice, Congress was given just a few hours notice before the May 2014 transfer took place.
“Our report finds that the Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer,” said the committee’s Chairman 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.”
“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.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), the chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said the “most disturbing” findings “are the calculated decisions and plan to mislead Congress and the American people as to the details and necessity of this transfer.”
“After rigorous investigation, there are still some unknowns. We still do not know if we negotiated for less than five detainees. We do not know how five was determined to be the ‘right’ number in this exchange,” she said. “However, we now know to what extent this Administration is willing to go to achieve political goals.”
Watch the report here:
Obama hailed Bergdahl as a POW brought home, and held a press conference with Bergdahl’s father in the Rose Garden. But the rumblings from inside the military came to a crescendo when it became clear that Bergdahl was not captured, as the President told the American people, but had abandoned his post and deserted his unit.
Once Obama’s political golden child, Bergdahl now potentially faces the death penalty under the charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. But rumors abound that Berdahl will be spared prison time at all to help the administration save face.
Most common sense Americans didn’t need a congressional investigation, but happy they had one that came to this decision. So what happens now? What would you do? Impeachment? Share you comments below and tell you friends this might start the chain reaction to taking down Obama!