Saxby Chambliss

Chambliss Wants Special Counsel to Investigate Obama on Bergdahl Swap

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The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee wants a special counsel to investigate President Barack Obama's swap of five Taliban members for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  

An aide to Sen. Saxby Chambliss told CQ Roll Call in an email Thursday that the Georgia Republican wants the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate the prisoner swap, which the Government Accountability Office contended earlier Thursday violated federal law. The GAO opinion said the administration violated the notice requirement for transfers out of the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Antideficiency Act, which is the federal law barring spending without appropriated funds. The Defense Department has contended that the notice requirement is unconstitutional.  

Chambliss Makes Formal Request to Release 'Taliban 5' Intel (Video)

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The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee has formally asked President Barack Obama to release information about the five Taliban officials sent to Qatar in the prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia made the request for declassification in a letter dated Tuesday that circulated Wednesday morning.