WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today said President Obama’s action to free Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo without the necessary notification or consultation with Congress raises serious national security questions and represents a “grave error.”
Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, indicated that he has serious concerns about the Obama administration’s actions as more details are revealed about the prisoner exchange.
“As more details are revealed about the President’s prisoner exchange, the clearer it becomes that the Obama administration has made a grave error that has serious national security implications. It also raises new and troubling questions about this President and his administration’s propensity to ignore Congress and the law.
“While we can appreciate Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s service before he went missing in Afghanistan and the prospect of his reunification with family and friends, the circumstances surrounding his absence need to be thoroughly reviewed. The Army and White House must work with Congress as it examines the implications of the Taliban agreement and as the investigation of Sergeant Bergdahl’s capture and incarceration unfolds.”