Government Accoutability Office (GAO): Obama violated law with Bergdahl prisoner swap

A government watchdog found the Pentagon violated U.S. law when it swapped five Guantanamo detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress proper notification

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) — The Department of Defense violated U.S. law in swapping five Guantanamo detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a review by the Government Accountability Office found.

Back in June, Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee sent a letter questioning the move and asking the GAO to identify possible violations of the federal Antideficiency Act.

The review, released by the GAO Thursday, found the DOD violated the requirement to notify Congress of the transfer at least 30 days in advance when it conducted the transfer of the five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar.

“In addition to the national security implications associated with President Obama‘s release of these Taliban fighters, the legal and constitutional issues need to be addressed,” said Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, in June. “We simply can’t have the President ignoring duly enacted laws that he himself has signed. A legal opinion from the GAO could help determine what recourse is available to the Congress regarding how the laws of the land are interpreted and enforced.”

GAO: Pentagon (Obama) violated law with Bergdahl prisoner swap

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