Can the president break the law and get away with it? He broke a National Security law passed with bipartisan support and signed by himself in transferring the five detainees. The law stated that in order to release terrorists from Guantanamo, Congress would have 30 days notice.
He apologized to Dianne Feinstein for his oversight in not giving 30 days notice. Nancy Pelosi (Senate Leader) and John Boehner (House Speaker) were not informed in advance of the exchange either.
One official said the administration believed it had secured another “kill Bin Laden” moment the would bring widespread praise. He released the terrorists for political reasons (domestic, not international.) All of this for a soldier who once said he was “ashamed to be an American” and quite likely to be a deserter. It looks like Obama will get away with it.