House panel to investigate prisoner swap


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration's exchange of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban officials.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the panel, said Monday that lawmakers have serious concerns about the swap sending the five to Qatar and the administration's failure to notify Congress in violation of the law.

Senior administration officials briefed members of the House about the deal for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Republicans emerged from the session furious that they had not been informed in advance but were told that 80-90 members of the administration knew of the deal.

The administration used the session to show lawmakers the 90-second "proof of life" video that showed a debilitated Bergdahl. President Barack Obama has defended the exchange.

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