The decision by the Obama White House to negotiate a deal that led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was in clear violation of the law, according to CNN’s top legal analyst Jeffery To0bin. “The law says 30 days notice. He didn’t give 30 days notice. It is true that [Obama] issued a signing statement. But signing statements are not law.”
“The law is on the books and he did not follow it,” Toobin continued.
Earlier today, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) vowed to investigate the Bergdahl swap, which freed five high-level Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay.
“More than 72 hours after this deal has been done, we have still have not been told what they’re going to do to ensure that these top five Taliban leaders do not re-enter the fight,” McKeon (R-CA) said Monday. “I mean, they have blood of thousands of Afghans and Americans on their hands, and we’re releasing them to Qatar. That’s all we know. Our information is coming from the media. We’re not hearing from the administration.”
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