Nonsequitur: GAO Confirms Bergdahl Swap Illegal

August 22, 2014

On May 31st, President Obama announced that five Taliban leaders were swapped for imprisoned U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Yesterday, the GAO released a letter confirming that this trade violated the Department of Defense Appropriations Act by failing to notify Congress before the transfer and violated the Antideficiency Act (which prohibits federal agencies from exceeding costs available in appropriated funds).

Sgt. Bergdahl is currently under investigation for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009.


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