Both Republicans and some Democrats have been saying since the Bergdahl/Taliban 5 swap was announced last May, that the Obama administration had violated the law by going over Congress’s heads. Talking heads have wondered what/who made the White House think it had the authority to make the deal without giving Congress the required thirty day notice.
Congress’s investigative arm, the GAO recently ruled that the Obama administration actually violated two different laws when it traded five Taliban commanders for the deserter Bowe Bergdahl without consulting Congress.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, Thursday, it was finally revealed who made the terrible decision – it was the Holder Justice Department.
Via Fox News:
Speaking to the Senate Arms Services Committee, defense official Brian McKeon was questioned on what is still a sore spot for many members of Congress: that the administration went forward with the Taliban-Bergdahl swap without giving Congress the typically required 30-day notification.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., asked McKeon why Congress was not informed, “as per the statutes.”
McKeon said he understands the Department of Justice and the department’s general counsel “interpreted the president’s powers because of the security risks and safety of Sergeant Bergdahl necessitated proceeding without the 30-day notice.”
Greta Van Susteren had reporters from the Washington Post and the Washington Times on Thursday night’s On the Record to talk about the revelation.
Another stellar accomplishment to add to Eric Holder’s amazing repertoire of failure.