From The Washington Times:

When Republican members of Congress learned in November 2011 that the Obama administration was contemplating a swap — Taliban terrorists for captured ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl — they wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their fears.

Mrs. Clinton wrote back that they had nothing to worry about. The White House would follow the law requiring a 30-day heads-up.

“I want to make clear that any transfer from Guantanamo will be undertaken after consultation with Congress and pursuant to all legal requirements for transfers, including those spelled out in the FY2012 [National] Defense Authorization Act,” she said of the law signed by President Obama that December requiring that he notify Congress ahead of time.

Fewer than three years later, Mr. Obama freed five hard-line Taliban commanders from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. As the five left Cuba, U.S. specials forces troops rendezvoused with the Taliban on May 31, 2014, at a remote location in Afghanistan to pick up Sgt. Bergdahl. The Army would later charge him with desertion.

The White House neither consulted with Congress nor gave proper notification for the “illegal transfer.”

President Obama freed five hard-line Taliban commanders from the prison at Guantanamo … more >

Those are the conclusions in a new report by the House Armed Services Committee, issued over the dissent of panel Democrats. The role of Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential front-runner, is described in the report’s detailed chronology, gleaned from secret testimony from some of the players and classified documents.


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