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Judicial Watch: We Were Stonewalled on Bergdahl Request

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 04:36 PM

Judicial Watch has filed two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the Obama administration over the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl swap for five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, says Chris Farrell.

"There is a requirement on the part of the president and the administration — any time it comes to releasing prisoners from Guantanamo and certainly any sort of a swap, any sort of a negotiation being made — for the administration to notify Congress," Farrell, director of research and investigations for Judicial Watch, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"Once again they've done an end run, they've ignored Congress and they swapped out five of the most violent, heinous detainees from Guantanamo for the person who appears to be a deserter, Sgt. Bergdahl," he contends.

"We wanted to get to the bottom of it. By what authority did the president negotiate or swap out five terrorists? What sort of payments may have been made or incentives conveyed to other parties?" he said.

Judicial Watch made the Bergdahl FOIA requests in June and November, "and per usual, the administration stonewalled and failed to respond as the law required and so we go to court and we compel them to answer."

Judicial Watch filed its FIOA lawsuits on Thursday against the Defense Department and State Department to produce documents surrounding the negotiations and conditions of Bergdahl's release from the Taliban.

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