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ICYMI: Rubio: Obama Violated Law With Unilateral Release Of Taliban Prisoners

Jun 3, 2014 | Press Releases

Rubio: “The precedent that the President has set is a dangerous one. He has basically told terrorist elements around the world that if you take an American serviceman hostage, you can get five, six, three – however many number of your own folks – released. And these are dangerous people. I mean these are people that we’re returning back to the battlefield.” 

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
FOX News’ “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson”
June 3, 2014
http://youtu.be/3mahI5bfISk

FOX News’ Gretchen Carlson: “Joining me now, Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees. Great to see you, Senator. I have to ask you, would you have done the same thing that the President did to get Bergdahl back?” 

Senator Marco Rubio: “No. Absolutely not. Let me say a couple of things. Obviously, no one is lamenting the fact that an American serviceman is going to be back with his family. But the President’s considerations have to go beyond that. It has to be about acting in the national security of the United States, and it has to be about following the law. Number one, the President has violated the law here. The law is very clear. He must give Congressional notification 30 days before any prisoner in Guantanamo is released. He failed to do that. Apparently, the only person he told was Harry Reid – didn’t even tell the Chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, a Democrat, Dianne Feinstein.  

“And then beyond that, the precedent that the President has set is a dangerous one. He has basically told terrorist elements around the world that if you take an American serviceman hostage, you can get five, six, three – however many number of your own folks – released. And these are dangerous people. I mean these are people that we’re returning back to the battlefield.” 

Carlson: “Do you think it was a means to an end, because if you recall back in January, President Obama in the State of the Union, talked about the fact that 2014 was going to be the year when he wanted to close GITMO.”

Rubio: “First of all, that’s something that he’s tried to do from the day he got elected because he doesn’t view this as a war. And in fact, when it comes to Afghanistan, he has all but proclaimed the war is over. Now, it may be over for him, but it’s not over for the Taliban – who by evidence of the fact that these five very dangerous individuals are not just probably, they are likely, to return to the battlefield at some point in the future. Meantime, we’ve set this extraordinarily dangerous precedent and created an incentive for other groups to do the same thing.”