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Jun 3, 2014 12:07 PM by Associated Press

Obama: Congress consulted on prisoner exchange

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Despite questions about whether Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) deserted his unit in Afghanistan before being held for five years by the Taliban, President Barack Obama says the government isn't currently looking to punish him as a deserter.

Obama says the top priority now is for Bergdahl to have a "successful" transition.

But Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion charges.

Obama also told reporters in Poland today that his administration has consulted with Congress "for some time" about a possible prisoner exchange for the release of Bergdahl.

The 28-year-old Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was released over the weekend by his Taliban captors into the custody of the U.S. military.

In return, the U.S. freed five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.



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