House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon thinks that the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Taliban terrorists is an illegal action on the part of the Obama administration. “We will be holding hearings,” he said.
By not informing Congress of the swap 30 days in advance, the California Republican explained, the administration disregarded a law passed last year that the president himself signed. Ambassador Susan Rice claimed that Congress had been informed throughout the three years that they had been working on this exchange, but McKeon said, “I don’t know who they were talking to — I have not been a part of this, and I’m the chairman of the committee.”
He expressed regret that the backlash against the administration’s action is being presented as a purely Republican response. ”This is not a partisan issue,” he said. “It’s just a matter of the law and breaking the law.”
This law, he said, is “important for our national security, it’s important for our responsibility of oversight over the administration.”
McKeon expressed concern about the release of these terrorists. ”Now we’re 72 hours after the fact — they still have not told us how they’re going to ensure that these five top level Taliban terrorists are not coming back into the pipe.”