Bergdahl swap a flashpoint of rival charges

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats initially praised the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl but quickly changed their tune.

Questions arose about whether the Army soldier was a deserter, and there was an outcry over the exchange of five Taliban officials.

Democrats point out GOP lawmakers just a few weeks ago were pleading with the Obama administration to do all it could to return Bergdahl home to his family.

The swap is a political flashpoint in Congress that shows no sign of abating. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is certain to face tough questions on Wednesday at a high-profile hearing in the House Armed Services Committee.

The Bergdahl case offers none of the clarity of a celebratory homecoming for a freed military captive that rallies Americans of all political persuasions.

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