Senate resolution calls for investigation into release of Guantanamo detainees

A resolution introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Tuesday questioned the legality of the Obama administration’s release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees and called for an investigation.

The administration’s decision to release five high-level Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without congressional approval violated provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, according to the resolution.

“By releasing five high-level detainees from Guantanamo Bay, the administration clearly ignored the law,” Portman said. “It is crucial to put Congress on record on this issue so that proper notification and congressional input are provided with regard to future administration proposals to release detainees from Guantanamo Bay.”

The resolution called for a congressional investigation into the administration allegedly ignoring laws that limit the president’s authority to transfer Guantanamo detainees, as well as into the national security implications of the released detainees.

“The resolution clarifies that the administration violated two separate laws and calls for an investigation to determine what led the administration to release these detainees, what the national security impact will be and how we can take steps to prevent these hardened terrorists from threatening the United States once again,” Portman said.

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) were among 11 senators who co-sponsored the resolution.