National security adviser Susan Rice recently claimed that Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held by the Taliban for five years, served with "honor and distinction." That report, however, seems to have been turned on its head Tuesday, when Fox News' Jennifer Griffin said Bergdahl left a note in 2009 renouncing his U.S. citizenship, Twitchy reported.
"Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC - new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship...developing," Fox News anchor Jenna Lee tweeted.
Twitchy acknowledged that more information is needed, but the report is adding fuel to the criticism being leveled at the administration. Last weekend, Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban detainees, two of whom are wanted by the United Nations for war crimes.
Moreover, a number of soldiers have said Bergdahl deserted his post and other service members died in efforts to rescue him.
The New York Times reported that Bergdahl had left a note saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. The Times, however, did not say whether Bergdahl had renounced his citizenship.
The Times, however, noted that the prisoner exchange has "created political problems for the Obama administration, which is having to defend his exchange for five Taliban detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but it also presents delicate politics for Republicans who are attacking, through surrogates, America’s last known prisoner of war."
But it appears Obama doesn't care if Bergdahl is a deserter or not, and said the government is not currently seeking to punish him, the Associated Press said.
“Our main priority is making sure the transition that he’s undergoing after five years in captivity is successful,” he said during a news conference in Poland.
Questions have also been raised about the legality of the swap, as members of Congress say they were not informed within 30 days as required by law. According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Congress has heard nothing from the White House since 2011 when the idea of a prisoner swap was first suggested.
“In 2011, they did come up and present a plan that included a prisoner transfer that was, in a bipartisan way, pushed back. We hadn’t heard anything since on any details of any prisoner exchange," he said.
Obama, however, claims administration officials “have consulted with Congress for quite some time.”