Republicans accuse Obama of ulterior motive in Guantanamo prisoner swap

Obama speaks to reporters as he meets with Rivlin in the Oval Office at the White House in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of arranging the exchange of five inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention center for accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl as part of his plan to close the prison. The House Armed Services Committee’s Republican majority released a report that found the Obama administration “clearly broke the law” by failing to notify Congress of the transfer of the prisoners from Guantanamo Bay before it took place. Republican Representative Mac Thornberry, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement that before the transfer, Congress was misled about the status of negotiations.

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