Murkowski wants legal opinion on prisoner swap

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Alaska's senior U.S. senator and Republican colleagues are asking Congress' investigative arm for a legal opinion on the release of five Taliban members from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is among nine Republicans who made the request to the Government Accountability Office.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and released by the Taliban last month. It was part of a deal struck by President Barack Obama's administration that also involved release of the five Taliban members.

U.S. officials have said intelligence suggested captors might have killed Bergdahl if word of the swap leaked.

The senators, in the letter Friday, requested a legal opinion on whether laws were broken by the administration's failure to notify Congress of its plans ahead of time.

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