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Wilson calls for investigation into Bergdahl exchange

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Many lawmakers including Congressman Joe Wilson question President Obama about the deal made to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home.

Wilson is the chairman of the subcommittee on military personnel which oversees POW issues.

On Wednesday, Wilson sent a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh. In it he asks the secretary for a vigorous investigation of Bergdahl.

Bergdahl went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, but there's still a lot of questions about why he went missing during the middle of the night.

Wilson said some in his infantry division have said plainly that Bergdahl is a deserter and others have even suggested that he was aiding in the enemy.

"The deal should not have been made," Wilson said. "The commitment was pretty clear that we would not negotiate with terrorists. Now, we've established another precedence of dealing with terrorists, which puts American citizens all over the world, within the United States and all over the world, at risk."

On Saturday, the President announced that Bergdahl would be swapped for five Taliban prisoners currently locked up in Guantanamo.

"I want to give him the benefit of the doubt," Wilson said. "That's why there would be an Article 32 investigation, and that is, we would have independent investigation, and it needs to be done right away."

The five Guantanamo prisoners have been transferred to Qatar where they'll be supervised for a year before being allowed to travel wherever they desire, even back to Afghanistan.

And Wilson said the five aren't low-level Taliban leaders.

"These are the highest, sadly," Wilson said. "These would be people who were the equivalent of cabinet members of a terrorist organization, and these are terrorists."

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