Rice: Congress ‘aware’ trade possible for soldier

President Barack Obama looks to Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl, the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, as Bob Bergdahl speaks about the release of their son. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama looks to Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl, the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, as Bob Bergdahl speaks about the release of their son. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s national security adviser says Congress was well aware that the administration was considering trading Guantanamo Bay detainees for the only American prisoner of the Afghan War.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday there were extensive consultations with lawmakers in Congress in the past and that they knew the idea of trading detainees was on the table.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed Saturday after Obama agreed to release five high-level Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison in Cuba. He is believed to have been held by the Haqqani network since June 30, 2009.

Republican lawmakers have said that Obama violated U.S. law when he approved the exchange without notifying Congress 30 days in advance.

Rice made her comments on ABC’s “This Week.”

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