House Speaker John Boehner and others provided new details Tuesday
about the prior deliberations, and voiced grave concern that the
administration charged ahead with the prisoner swap over the weekend
without Congress' approval.
Boehner, who called for hearings on the decision, said the
administration "never satisfactorily answered" lawmakers' questions and
concerns that surfaced from the beginning about the proposed trade.
Further, Boehner alleged that the only reason the administration failed
to notify Congress is "the administration knew it faced serious and
sober bipartisan concern and opposition."
"The administration has invited serious questions into how this exchange went down," Boehner said in a statement.
The details emerge as the Obama administration tries to cool a
growing bipartisan storm on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers from both parties
are voicing frustration that the White House and Pentagon did not adhere
to a 2013 law requiring a 30-day notice for any transfer of Guantanamo
inmates, before freeing five senior Taliban leaders. "