U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel put on his eyeglasses during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee June 11, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress Wednesday that officials of Qatar negotiating the release of captured Army Sgt.Hagel testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the decision to transfer five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees into Qatar's hands in exchange for Bergdahl was a tough call for President Barack Obama. Republicans and some Democrats have sharply criticized the Obama administration for not informing Congress in advance, with some accusing the president of breaking a law requiring 30-day notification of any Guantanamo prisoner release.Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said in advance of the hearing that Hagel was set to explain why the decision to make the trade was "the right one".
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