Bowe Bergdahl’s court martial will soon start, but his desertion isn’t the only possible crime in which I’m interested.
Back in Stockman’s congressional office, in June 2014, I wrote a letter from our office to the White House directly asking Obama “Was anyone in the Obama administration, or associated with the Obama administration, at any time aware of any form of compensation provided to anyone in exchange for (Bowe) Bergdahl?”
In response, the White House said “The United States did not provide money in return for Sgt. Bergdahl.”
I also got a letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense assuring us “we did not pay any money to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release.”
That wasn’t the question I asked. Obviously the U.S. isn’t going to write a check payable to “Designated Terrorist Group” with “Barack Obama” on the signature line.
I specifically asked about third party deals, which would be a federal crime.
Here’s why I asked.
Bergdahl was held by the Haqqani network, who are more of an organized crime syndicate than a terrorist group. They don’t kidnap for ideological reasons, like the Taliban. They kidnap to secure ransoms as a business model, like Mexican drug cartels.
They have no reason to seek the release of captured Taliban commanders and they would never have released Bergdahl unless they received a lucrative ransom.
I was immediately suspicious the Obama administration cut a three-way deal with the Taliban and the Haqqani in which the White House gives the Taliban five imprisoned commanders, the Taliban gives the Haqqani a large cash payment and the Haqqani hand Bergdahl over to the Taliban for release.
Maybe it’s time for Trump to investigate?