The terms of Berghdal's release, and questions over his behavior before he was captured by the Taliban, have raised questions from many of Obama's political opponents. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters
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The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration's swap of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban leaders that caused a political firestorm over the lack of congressional notification and fears the high-level Taliban could return to the Afghanistan battlefield.Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the panel, told reporters after administration officials held a tense 90-minute, closed-door briefing for House Democrats and Republicans.Republicans emerged from the Monday night session incensed that 80 to 90 people in the government knew about Bergdahl's release ahead of time and not one member of Congress got a head's up, including leaders of the national security committees.Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann criticized the administration for not presenting any classified information.The U.S. officials said neither the U.S. nor Qatar provided any money to the Taliban as part of the deal, according to Bachmann.
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