Skip to comments.Obama: Congress Consulted on Prisoner Exchange
Posted on 06/03/2014 6:12:07 AM PDT by don-o
President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier's freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress about that possibility "for some time."
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Sure he did just like you can keep your DR
But, Jay said they could not consult with Congress because of grave concerns that the guy was about to croak. The wheels are coming off the Lying Machines.
They are being two-faced liars AGAIN.
Even Carl Levin (a Democrat Senator) has been quoted that the only "notification" they sent was years ago, and the White House only said it was a "possibility".
Lawmakers have claimed the administration ignored the law by failing to give a 30-day notice to Congress about moving detainees.
Carney, peppered with questions at Monday’s briefing about the controversy, suggested there was a narrow window in which to execute the trade — which didn’t allow for seeking the say-so of Congress.
“It was the judgment of the team and the president that there was enough urgency here to ensure that Sergeant Bergdahl was safely recovered that a 30-day window of hoping that that opportunity remained open was not an option,” Carney said.
He said there had been “ongoing discussions” about Bergdahl’s case, including with members of Congress, “about at least the possibility of transferring these five detainees” as part of a deal to get the soldier back.
“And so, when the opportunity presented itself and we could successfully recover him, we acted quickly to do so,” Carney said.
On a positive note.... they are getting a little better at it
Good one... no they were not.
Congress was consulted - and said no, long ago. Supposedly this “deal” was in the works for three years.
Obviously, somebody got word that Bambi was going to do it anyway, because then a bill was passed (with bipartisan support) requiring Obama to consult and give 30 days advance notice for review purposes before any prisoners were released from Guantanamo. This is the law that he just ignored, simply going ahead and doing exactly what Congress had told him not to do...and doing it on a weekend so that they wouldn’t be in session to react.
Sure, he consulted with them...and ignored everything they told him.
Obama does not fear contradictions. He has a corrupt media backing him and due to his “special status” is confident that he is unimpeachable. America is afraid of the consequences of removing him from office.
The only check that can be placed on him is if he gets a “visit” from a bipartisan congressional delegation telling him he’s gone too far. This could happen if Dems fear significant voter revulsion and retribution at the polls.
The Democrats and mainstream media (pardon the redundancy) are meeting as I type this to figure out how to spin the Bergdahl story. Democrats cannot afford to have Obama's popularity sink any further. He is an albatross around their political necks.
And Congress said NO.
2. If lie is discovered, explain with another lie.
3. See #1.
This man is certifiable
The sunset amendment which was just shot down, was an attempt to “stop” the war which would have triggered the release of ALL prisoners held in Guantanamo.
If Obama’s approval numbers fall much more, he’s going to be in political trouble within his own party. The VA scandal has already seen some “defections”. First and foremost, politicians are out for themselves and will only support an unpopular president for so long.
Interestingly, from the Dem perspective, an ass whooping in November might relieve them of having to deal with the nightmare of checking their own case of presidential overreach, malfeaseance and ineptitude. It would free the Dems from having to deal with a very prolematic internal messy political situation. Just let the new Republican congress stifle him.
Something is going on with this that is much larger than any need for the truth. Obama has been up to his eyeballs in scandal and lies, so what does he do to dampen the controversy...........he releases five high profile terrorists into the world to save a deserter that he knows will fan the flames. To further the controversy he makes a comment that the US does not leave their soldiers behind, thus reminding us of Benghazi.
No, it shouldn't be bi-partisan. I should be all Democrats.
The Democrats are the one that should grow a pair, walk into Obama's office, and tell him: we aren't defending you any longer.
This is what the Senate Republicans told Nixon, when his impeachment was imminent. They weren't going to vote against removing him from office, so if the articles of impeachment passed, it was all over.
Nixon took the hint, and resigned.
Except in this case impeachment is not on the table. It just isn’t going to happen. Rather it would be more like a political quarantine.
And since he has congress blackmailed, they will agree that he consulted them.
I actually think this is going to accentuate the VA scandal. I rarely make predictions, but there will be more firings after Shenseki (who we all know was forced to resign) once the full scope of the VA cover-up is revealed.
Interestingly, both issues are shaping up to create bi-partisan outrage. Even the socialist/communist Dimocrats don't like to face an angry populace regarding mis-treatment of our Service members. Plus, The NY Times, Washington Post, and other liberal rags are coming down on Obambi. These 2 issues plus the failing Obamacare will be his sad legacy. Mark my words.
If the next Repub nominee to the WH uses this unmercifully, he may be the winner 2016. At the very least, the mid-term Dims are even in deeper doodoo. They can blame Bush for the VA scandal, although Obambi has had all these years to fix it, but this treasonous release of the Taliban is all on him.
When Levin will call a democrat lie - you know it's a lie...
I don't believe that. It's not like they had to go in the middle of the night and grab him like they did Jessica Lynch.
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