Obama's prisoner swap broke the law?

AP/Houston Chronicle:

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said in a statement that Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from the U.S. facility. They said Obama also is required to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated.

McKeon is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Inhofe is the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In response, the White House said it moved as quickly as possible given the opportunity that arose to secure Bergdahl's release. Citing "these unique and exigent circumstances," the White House said a decision was made to go ahead with the transfer despite the legal requirement of 30 days advance notice to Congress.
They expressed concern that the swap may encourage the Taliban to capture more Americans to use as barter to free more terrorist.  They have been working on this deal for months and could have easily made the disclosure.  They were likely worried that Congress would not approve of the deal.

The Daily Mail on Sunday reports:

'These terrorists have the blood of Americans on their hands': McCain leads Republicans as they hit out at 'illegal' Guantanamo Bay prisoner release in exchange for America's only prisoner of war

This looks like it will have negative political consequences for the President.


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