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Republicans Claim Bergdahl Deal Was Illegal, Could Obama Be Impeached?

Written By : Cassy Fiano
June 3, 2014

Obama’s decision to trade five high-profile terrorists for alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl has ignited a firestorm of controversy, especially in the military community. But now accusations are being made from Republicans that the deal wasn’t just controversial — it was illegal.

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Barack Obama broke a federal law that he signed just six months ago when he authorized the release of five high-ranking Taliban terror targets from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in exchange for the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, senior congressional Republicans claimed today.

And the president may also have written a new chapter in the case for his own impeachment, according to a former federal prosecutor who helped bring the 1993 World Trade Center bombers to justice.

‘The return of senior terrorists to the Taliban [is] … a “high crime and misdemeanor”,’ author Andrew C. McCarthy told MailOnline.

… Obama ‘clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated,’ House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon of California and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. JIm Inhofe of Oklahoma said Saturday.

‘Our joy at Sergeant Berghdal’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it.’

It’s not exactly surprising that Obama would sign something into law himself, just to turn around and ignore it when it’s inconvenient to him. But will he actually be held responsible for it? Not likely — this would hardly be the first impeachable offense that Obama is committed, and if he hasn’t been held accountable for those, then it’s not likely that he’ll be held accountable for this one.

Also see: An Interview With Andrew Breitbart

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