The recent prisoner swap by the United States and the Taliban, which saw the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, remains a hot button issue in Washington. Senators met with President Obama in a closed door meeting on Wednesday and Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says the administration had been thinking of an exchange for over a year.
“I have learned from my colleagues that in the past, the administration brought up the idea of this exchange with members of the intelligence committee,” Senator Fischer explains. “The president was told not to do this, that was a year and a half or two years ago. But yet, this happened.”
Senator Fischer remains critical of the prisoner swap, noting that Democratic senator Diane Fienstein, who is the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a harsh statement reacting to the president’s position on Sgt. Bergdahl’s release. Fischer says the Armed Services Committee will have a briefing next week to further question administration officials.
“We’ll go through some tough questioning of administration officials,” Fischer says. “I’m hoping that we can have some public briefings. The administration does not want to do that, but I think the public has the right to know what went on here.”
“This is an instance where the American people need to know a lot of what’s gone on,” Fischer continued.
Fischer expresses concern about the Taliban prisoners released and if they will now pose a threat to American security. Sgt. Bergdahl was captured in 2009 in Afghanistan by the Taliban after walking away from his unit, unarmed.