Obama accused of ulterior motive in Guantanamo prisoner swap

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Republican U.S. lawmakers accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of arranging the exchange of five inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention center for accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl as part of his plan to close the prison.

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The House Armed Services Committee released a report on Thursday that found the Obama administration "clearly broke the law" by failing to notify Congress of the transfer of the prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

Republican Representative Mac Thornberry, the committee's chairman, said in a statement that before the transfer, Congress was misled about the status of negotiations.

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399575 09: A view of the U.S. Naval Base, where al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from Afghanistan will be detained, January 10, 2002 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. military has increased security at the Naval base in preparation for the Afghan prisoners. (Photo by Jorge Rey/Getty Images)
399884 01: U.S. Military Police guard Taliban and al Qaeda detainees in orange jumpsuits January 11, 2002 in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during in-processing to the temporary detention facility. The detainees will be given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray and blood samples drawn to assess their health, the military said. The U.S. Department of Defense released the photo January 18, 2002. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
Dressed in bright orange coveralls, al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners wash before midday prayers at Camp X-Ray, where they are being held, at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. US Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the base Sunday. AFP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/POOL (Photo credit should read J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AFP/Getty Images)
402993 02: Tower guards watch over Camp X-Ray March 27, 2002 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Over 300 detainees are being held at the camp as work continues on a more permanent prison nearby. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
403018 10: Civilian construction crew members work on the fencing area around Camp Delta March 28, 2002 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Camp Delta is going to be a permanent detention facility for detainees from the war on terrorism, replacing the temporary Camp X-ray prison. Camp Delta is planned to be ready for use by April 12. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
General view shows Camp X-Ray at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 11 September, 2002. There was no remembrance ceremony at Camp Delta at the US naval base on Guantanamo and US officers did their best to ensure the almost 600 suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban members would not realize a year had passed since the terrorist attacks on the United States. AFP PHOTO Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 10: A U.S. Armed Forces guard surveys the scene at Camp Delta September 10, 2002 on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. As the anniversary of the September 11 attacks nears, 598 detainees remain housed at the facility. Most of the detainees, from 43 different countries, were captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere during the war on terrorism. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - DECEMBER 3: This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows the detainee hospital ward at Camp Delta on December 3, 2002 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly 600 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, captured during the war in Afghanistan, have been held prisoner at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay since January 2002. (Photo by DOD/Staff Sgt. Stephen Lewald/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 7: Razor wire surrounds Camp Delta where detainees from the U.S. war in Afghanistan live April 7, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 7: U.S. Army soldiers stand at the entrance to Camp Delta where detainees from the U.S. war in Afghanistan live April 7, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 7: An interrogation room in Camp Delta for detainees from the U.S. war in Afghanistan is shown April 7, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 7: An interrogation room in Camp Delta for detainees from the U.S. war in Afghanistan is shown April 7, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - DECEMBER 3: This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows the operating room at the detainee hospital at Camp Delta on December 3, 2002 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly 600 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, captured during the war in Afghanistan, have been held prisoner at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay since January 2002. (Photo by DOD/Staff Sgt. Stephen Lewald/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - DECEMBER 3: This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows the Camp Delta recreation and exercise area on December 3, 2002 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly 600 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, captured during the war in Afghanistan, have been held prisoner at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay since January 2002. (Photo by DOD/Staff Sgt. Stephen Lewald/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 7: (NOTE: DUE TO US MILITARY RESTRICTIONS PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DETAINEES COULD ONLY BE TAKEN FROM BELOW THE HEAD) Detainees from the U.S. war in Afghanistan stand near their cell blocks at Camp Delta April 7, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 7: U.S. Military Police stand in a cell block in Camp Delta where detainees from the U.S. war in Afghanistan live April 7, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - APRIL 8: The fence line that separates the U.S. military base on the right and the Cuban mainland is shown April 8, 2004 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The base serves as a detention facility for prisoners captured in the war in Afghanistan. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - AUGUST 25: A U.S. Army soldier closes the gate at maximum security prison Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 25, 2004 in Guantanamo, Cuba. Preliminary hearings began yesterday for four suspected Al Qaeda associates, charged by the U.S. with war crimes, as they appear before a commission of 5 military officers. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - AUGUST 23: A uniform and other supplies that are given to detainees lie on a bed in a cell at Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 23, 2004 in Guantanamo, Cuba. On August 24, preliminary hearings will begin for four suspected Al Qaeda associates charged by the U.S. with war crimes as they appear before a commission of five military officers. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - AUGUST 23: A U.S. Army soldier walks past detainees in a court yard at Camp Delta at Guantanamo Naval Base August 23, 2004 in Guantanamo, Cuba. On August 24, preliminary hearings will begin for four suspected Al Qaeda associates charged by the U.S. with war crimes as they appear before a commission of five military officers. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - MAY 09: (IMAGE REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION) A member of the U.S. Military stands guard while two detainee's stands near their cell at Camp 4 inside of Camp Delta May 9, 2006 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Camp Delta was first occupied on April 28, 2002, when 300 detainees previously held at Camp X-Ray were transferred to Camp Delta. The rest of the detainees were moved on April 29. Camp X-Ray closed down on that same day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - MAY 09: (IMAGE REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION) Clothes and slippers and board games that are given to detainee's sit in a cell of the Camp 2 cell block at Camp Delta May 9, 2006 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Camp Delta was first occupied on April 28, 2002, when 300 detainees previously held at Camp X-Ray were transferred to Camp Delta. The rest of the detainees were moved on April 29. Camp X-Ray closed down on that same day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - MAY 09: (IMAGE REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION) A member of the U.S. Military stands by while two detainee's stand inside the fence line at Camp 4 inside of Camp Delta May 9, 2006 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Camp Delta was first occupied on April 28, 2002, when 300 detainees previously held at Camp X-Ray were transferred to Camp Delta. The rest of the detainees were moved on April 29. Camp X-Ray closed down on that same day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Guantanamo Bay, CUBA: The sign on the fence at Camp V 05 December 2006 on the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Approximately 445 enemy combatants from al Qaeda and the Taliban are in various security levels of lock-up here by a US Joint Task Force. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo reviewed by US military officials, a US military guard stands watch as another does a 3-minute interval visual check of the single prisoner in each cell 26 June 2006 inside block A of the Camp 5 maximum security prison at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba. The Supreme Court this week is expected to rule on the legality of President Bush's decision to create U.S. military tribunals for the detainees at Guantanamo, the first such tribunals since World War II. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brennan Linsley (Photo credit should read BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo reviewed by US military officials, a cell for a noncompliant detainee is pictured inside the maximum security prison Camp 5 at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba. The Supreme Court this week is expected to rule on the legality of President Bush's decision to create U.S. military tribunals for the detainees at Guantanamo, the first such tribunals since World War II. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brennan Linsley (Photo credit should read BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Guantanamo Bay, CUBA: In this photo reviewed by US military officials, an American flag waves in the front of the maximum security prison Camp 5 at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba. The Supreme Court this week is expected to rule on the legality of President Bush's decision to create U.S. military tribunals for the detainees at Guantanamo, the first such tribunals since World War II. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brennan Linsley (Photo credit should read BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo reviewed by US military officials, a detainee whose name, nationality, and facial identification are not permitted, holds onto a fence as a US military guard walks within the grounds of the maximum security prison of Camp 5 at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba, 26 June 2006. The Supreme Court this week is expected to rule on the legality of President Bush's decision to create US military tribunals for the detainees at Guantanamo, the first such tribunals since World War II. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brennan Linsley (Photo credit should read BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images)
The outer fence and guard tower at Camps 1 & 4 at Camp Delta at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 24 April 2007 mans his security station. US Militrary officials list about 385 current detainees of various threat levels and nationalities being held on the US base in Cuba captured in the US war on terror. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds a poster that calls for closing down the US-run prison in Guantanamo Bay during a protest organised by Amnesty International orgnaization outside the US embassy in Rome 11 January 2008, to mark the sixth anniversary of the US prison in Cuba. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA - JULY 23: In this image reviewed by the U.S. Military, a soccer ball sits inside an exercise area at the detention facility on July 23, 2008 at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, in Cuba. The military base is providing the location for the trial of Salim Hamdan, the former driver for Osama bin Laden, who is charged with conspiracy and aiding terrorism and is the first prisoner to face a U.S. war-crimes trial since World War II. (Randall Mikkelsen-Pool/Getty Images)
Activists of Amnesty International dressed as a Guantanamo bay prisoner protest on January 10, 2009 in Berne. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on January 9, 2009 protesting the 'inhumane and unlawful practice' of force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay prison. The prison was opened in January 2002 to hold alleged 'enemy combatants' captured by US and allied forces around the world during the so-called 'war on terror.' AFP PHOTO/ MICHELE LIMINA (Photo credit should read MICHELE LIMINA/AFP/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - DECEMBER 7: An image reviewed by the US military shows the sun rising over tent city in 'Camp Justice' on December 07, 2008 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, is set to appear Monday before a US military tribunal where he will face victims' kin for the first time. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA - JULY 23: In this image reviewed by the U.S. Military, the stars and stripes are visible through razor-wire fencing at the detention camp on July 23, 2008 at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, in Cuba. The military base is providing the location for the trial of Salim Hamdan, the former driver for Osama bin Laden, who is charged with conspiracy and aiding terrorism and is the first prisoner to face a U.S. war-crimes trial since World War II. (Randall Mikkelsen-Pool/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JANUARY 18: (NOTE TO EDITORS: PHOTO HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY US MILITARY OFFICIALS) Signs mark off a restricted area at the U.S. Naval Base January 18, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President-elect Barack Obama has said he intends to close the offshore prison. (Photo by Brennan Linsley-Pool/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 27: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A detainee stands at an interior fence inside the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on October 27, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although U.S. President Barack Obama pledged in his first executive order last January to close the infamous prison within a year's time, the government has been struggling to try the accused terrorists and to transfer them out ahead of the deadline. Military officials at the prison point to improved living standards and state of the art medical treatment available to detainees, but the facility's international reputation remains tied to the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' such as waterboarding employed under the Bush administration. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 27: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A 'non-compliant' detainee is escorted by guards after showering inside the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on October 27, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although U.S. President Barack Obama pledged in his first executive order last January to close the infamous prison within a year's time, the government has been struggling to try the accused terrorists and to transfer them out ahead of the deadline. Military officials at the prison point to improved living standards and state of the art medical treatment available to detainees, but the facility's international reputation remains tied to 'enhanced interrogation techniques' such as waterboarding employed under the Bush administration. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - MARCH 30: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A U.S. Army soldier patrols past a guard tower at Camp Delta in the Guantanamo Bay detention center on March 30, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to close the prison by early 2010 but has struggled to transfer, try or release the remaining detainees from the facility, located on the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - MARCH 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A guard tower stands next to the waters of the Caribbean at Camp Delta in the Guantanamo Bay detention center on March 29, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to close the prison by early 2010, but the administration has struggled to transfer, try or release the remaining detainees from the facility, located on the U.S. Naval base on the Caribbean island. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Activists wearing orange jumpsuits, as they dress as prisoners, hold up a sign during a protest against the detention center in Guantanamo Bay outside the White House January 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The activists protested on the ninth anniversary of the opening of the prison in Guantanamo, that U.S. President Barack Obama promised during the campaign to close down. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JUNE 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A sign reading, 'Office of Military Commissions Expeditionary Legal Complex Guantanamo Bay, Cuba' stands close to where pre-trial hearings are being held for the detainees at the military prison on June 25, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JUNE 26: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) The entrance to Camp VI is seen at the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on June 26, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JUNE 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) Prison cells are viewed in camp 6 where prisoners are housed in a communal facility at the U.S. military prison for 'enemy combatants' on June 25, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on August 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/CHANTAL VALERY (Photo credit should read CHANTAL VALERY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The White House did not have an immediate response to the charges.

Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009, from a U.S. outpost in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban, from whom he suffered years of abuse and torture. He was freed in 2014 in a prisoner swap that sent five Taliban prisoners who were being held at Guantanamo to Qatar.

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This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials have received a new video of Bergdahl that they believe was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive. The video came to light several days ago, said one senior defense official. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos, showing the signs of his nearly five years in captivity. Bergdahl, who is from Idaho, was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. In a statement released Wednesday, Bergdahl’s family said that they learned today, Jan. 15, 2014, about the video. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. Bergdahl was freed on Saturday after five years in captivity, and exchanged for the five Guantanamo detainees who were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country which has served as a mediator in the negotiations for the swap. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Bergdahl family and released by the Idaho National Guard shows Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho. A Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, in an exclusive telephone interview with The Associated Press from the newly opened Taliban offices in Doha, Qatar, said Thursday, that they are ready to hand over U.S. soldier Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The U.S. is scrambling to save talks with the Taliban after angry complaints from Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. (AP Photo/The Bergdahl Family, File)
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, A Taliban fighter speaks to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. The video, emailed to media on Wednesday, shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck parked on a hillside. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machine guns stand around the truck and on the hillside. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Men in civilian clothing lead Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in white, towards a helicopter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a news conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 13: (From left) Colonel Bradley Poppen, Ph.D., Major General Joseph P. DiSalvo, and Colonel Ronald N. Wool deliver a press conference at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course July 13, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. They are reporting on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, his return to the United States, and reintegration at Brooke Army Medical Center after being a prison of war under Taliban captivity. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
In this image from video, people are greeted on arrival at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, early Friday morning June 13, 2014. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States on this plane to continue his medical treatment. (AP Photo/Manis Calco)
Jani Bergdahl looks to Bob Bergdahl, as he speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, about the release of their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, during a news conference with President Barack Obama. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31: President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani Bergdahl (L) and Bob Bergdahl (R) back to the Oval Office after making a statement regarding the release of Sgt. Bergdahl from captivity May 31, 2014 in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by militants for almost five years during the war in Afghanistan. (Photo by J.H. Owen-Pool/Getty Images)
Bob Bergdahl, the father of freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, speaks following the release of his son, US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama and the Bergdahl's spoke after the release of Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in Afghanistan.  MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of freed prisoner of war US Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl including representatives of the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and March Forward, rally in front of the White House in Washington, DC, June 10, 2014, to welcome Bergdahl home after 5-years of being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Brooke Army Medical Center is shown Friday, June 13, 2014, in San Antonio. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment at the facility. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Vehicles drive toward the entrance of Brooke Army Medical Center Friday, June 13, 2014, in San Antonio. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment at the facility. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Col. Bradley Poppen answers a question during a news conference regarding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Phase III Reintegration process, Friday, June 13, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies before the House Armed Services Committee about the about the prisoner exchange that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. The trade of Bergdahl for five senior Taliban officials has angered some members of Congress because they were not informed of the swap beforehand. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee June 11, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held the hearing to examine the exchange of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who had been held for almost five years by the insurgents in Afghanistan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Col. Ronald Wool answers a question about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's food requests, during a news conference Friday, June 13, 2014, in San Antonio. Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Wool is in charge of Bergdahl’s medical care while at the facility. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Gulf War veteran Ron Coumerilh wears a sticker to support captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at the "Bring Bowe Back" celebration in Hailey, Idaho, Saturday, June 22, 2013. Hundreds of activists for missing service members gathered in a small Idaho town Saturday to hear the parents of the only known U.S. prisoner of war speak just days after his Taliban captors announced they want to exchange him for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
HAILEY, ID - JUNE 01: A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in the window of the Hailey Paint and Supply store on Main Street June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho. Sgt. Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving with U.S. Armys 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in Paktika Province. Yesterday he was released after a swap for 5 prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay was arranged. Bergdahl was considered the only U.S. prisoner of war held in Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
This Friday, June 21, 2013 photo shows a yellow ribbon tied to a tree and a banner honoring captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho. The Afghan war, and the taking of Bergdahl, may have long faded from the minds of most Americans. But for this community in the shadow of Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, Bowe Bergdahl and his family's fight to free him are "omnipresent," said local Wesley Deklotz. "It's a whole community of people that are keeping him in their thoughts." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A tattered sign supporting U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is currently being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, hangs outside a coffee shop in Hailey, Idaho, Friday, June 21, 2013. The Afghan war, and the taking of this POW, may have long faded from the minds of most Americans. But for this community in the shadow of Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, Bowe Bergdahl and his family's fight to free him are "omnipresent," said local Wesley Deklotz. "It's a whole community of people that are keeping him in their thoughts." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The image of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who is being held captive in Afghanistan, is worn by an audience member as he father Bob, not pictured, speaks at the the annual Rolling Thunder rally for POW/MIA awareness, in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A POW-MIA flag flies in front of a pharmacy displaying a sign in support of bringing home U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is currently being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, in Hailey, Idaho, Friday, June 21, 2013. The Afghan war, and the taking of this POW, may have long faded from the minds of most Americans. But for this community in the shadow of Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, Bowe Bergdahl and his family's fight to free him are "omnipresent," said local Wesley Deklotz. "It's a whole community of people that are keeping him in their thoughts." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A "Bring Bowe Back" sign honoring captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is seen through a POW-MIA flag in Hailey, Idaho, Saturday, June 22, 2013. The father and mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war plan to speak on Saturday afternoon to a big crowd in their central Idaho hometown just days after his Taliban captors announced they want to exchange him for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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That exchange infuriated Republicans in Congress, many of whom strongly oppose efforts by Obama, a Democrat, to close the controversial prison.

Obama, who campaigned on a pledge to close the prison, views it as a damaging symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge that his administration inherited from Republican President George W. Bush.

But he has not yet sent Congress a long-promised plan to close the facility, and recently signed a sweeping defense policy bill that included provisions making it more difficult to close the prison at the naval base.

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