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'Controversial prisoner exchange' hearings begin on Capitol Hill
Tough questions for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill today.
The secretary defended the Obama administration's controversial prisoner exchange that freed Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban, without the prior knowledge of congress.
Karin Caifa has the latest from Washington.
"This prisoner exchange was done legally"
Amid mounting criticism, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the president's decision to green light the prisoner exchange that freed Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl... And released five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
"The President's decision to move forward with the transfer of these detainees was a tough call. I supported it, I stand by it"
Some members of congress have taken issue with the lack of information shared before the May 31st swap.
Legally, the president must inform them 30 days before an exchange.
"If the president can violate the law and say no in this case, we're not going to give you the information, it undermines the oversight process that we have with the intelligence community"
Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee, there was no other way.
"Any kind of leak would end the negotiation for Bergdahl's release."
But, a former member of the US senate himself, he offered this: "We could have done a better job, could have done a better job keeping you informed."
As for Bergdahl, questions remain about the events that led to his capture in 2009 labeled a deserter by some in his platoon.
"I've been offended and disappointed in how the Bergdahl family has been treated by some in this country. No family deserves this."
Hagel says Bergdahl will be questioned about his disappearance once cleared by his doctors.
He remains in a medical facility in Germany.
In Washington, I'm Karin Caifa reporting for Channel Three News.