“America has had a long standing policy that we do not negotiate with terrorists—period. We can’t trust the motives of radical jihadists who would willingly die in the name of killing Americans. That rule has guided our foreign policy, until Saturday.

On Saturday the Obama Administration initiated its new policy of bartering with terrorists. Congress was notified after the deal was struck that the Administration was in the midst of a prisoner swap. The President authorized the release of five of world’s most dangerous terrorists in exchange for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.  

Not only was this decision dangerous, it was illegal. The law—which President Obama signed just last year—could not be clearer. The Administration is required to both brief and notify Congress 30 days before it intends to transfer any enemy combatants from Guantanamo Bay. If the requirements of this law are not met then no funds are to be made available to transfer terrorists.

There is no question that President Obama violated the law not once, but five different times. This Administration treats the Constitution and Congressional Authority a mere suggestions and afterthoughts. This illegal action taken by the President will only encourage kidnapping of Americans for ransom—be it for money or terrorist swaps. “