The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Sunday accused the Obama administration of setting a dangerous precedent by negotiating with the Taliban for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“If you negotiate here, you've sent a message to every al Qaeda group in the world - by the way, some who are holding U.S. hostages today - that there is some value now in that hostage in a way that they didn't have before,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on CNN's “State of the Union.” “That is dangerous.”
And Republicans also contend that President Obama was required to notify them of any potential transfers from the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Obama administration agreed to send five Afghan detainees to Qatar in exchange for Bergdahl.
Senior administration officials countered Sunday that they acted simply because Bergdahl’s life was at stake.
However, the Michigan Republican called Obama's decision on Bergdahl a “break with U.S. policy” that “set a price” for what it would cost to trade for U.S. hostages or prisoners of war.
The U.S. says Bergdahl was held captive for nearly five years. Bergdahl was believed to have willingly deserted his military unit but officials don’t expect to charge the sergeant with a crime.