WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The House Oversight panel is asking the White House for intelligence information, reports and documents on the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years, for five members of the Taliban.
Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the committee’s chairman, and Ron DeSantis of Florida sent a letter late Thursday to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough seeking the information.
Last year, President Barack Obama sent five Taliban detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar as part of an exchange for Bergdahl. The move angered many lawmakers who weren’t given the proper notification.
Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Bergdahl said in a statement that the Taliban repeatedly tortured him while he was being held in captivity.
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