Stephanopoulos to Rice: Did Obama ‘Break the Law’ in Prisoner Exchange?
On Sunday morning’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, the titular host quizzed National Security Advisor Susan Rice on whether the Obama administration “broke the law” by not consulting Congress before releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the Taliban’s release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“What we had to do and what we did do, consistent with the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief, is prioritize the health of Sergeant Bergdahl,” Rice replied. “We had reason to be concerned that this was an urgent and acute situation, that his life could have been at risk. We did not have thirty days to wait, and had we waited and lost him, I don’t think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.”
“We have, in the past, had extensive consultations with Congress,” Rice continued. “They were well aware that this idea, this prospect was one idea that the administration was considering. But when it came to fruition, the Department of Defense in consultation with the Department of Justice determined it was both appropriate and necessary for us to proceed in an expedited fashion, and that’s what the president decided to do. As a consequence we have Bowe Bergdahl back.”
Watch the clip below, via ABC News:
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