Sen. Rand Paul: Obama 'Apology' For Breaking the Law is Not Enough
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) doesn’t think that an apology from the White House goes far enough to asuade congressional concern about President Obama’s decision to ignore Congress in a deal with the Taliban to secure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl.
“I don’t know that an apology is enough for breaking the law,” Paul said in an interview with Breitbart News. “I’m not sure I’m willing to accept an apology on that.”
White House officials have defended Obama’s decision, pointing out that “unique circumstances” gave him the authority to bypass the statue requiring the administration to give Congress a 30-day notice before releasing or transferring Guantanamo detainees.
"We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sergeant Bergdahl's health. We had the cooperation of the Qataris to execute an exchange, and we seized that opportunity," President Obama told reporters, defending his decision. "The process was truncated because we wanted to make sure we did not miss that window."
Paul pointed out that the laws written by Congress, always leave too much wiggle room for a chief executive to execute more power in the name of national security.
“Every law we write seems to have an exception to it,” Paul said, “We should write tougher laws not to let him do this.”