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Sen. Chambliss: ‘Validating Bergdahl’s torture claims will be difficult’

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
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The Obama Administration, making no apologies, stated that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl might have been killed if the swap deal was made public is now raising questions on whether or not he was tortured and if so, Bergdahl’s claims will be difficult to prove.

While President Obama is defending his decision to swap Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorist leaders, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Sunday stated in an interview with CBS news that it will be difficult to validate such torture claims by Bergdahl at the hands of the Taliban.

On CBS News’ ‘Face the Nation’, Bob Schieffer, host of ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday questioned Chambliss on his views of the release.

Chambliss said, “I've heard rumors about the escape as far as keeping him in a cage and whatnot, I read about it in the press this morning. Nobody has made any effort to contact me from the administration but then, you know, I learned about this after the fact. Diane and I were both called on Monday night after Bergdahl was released on Saturday. And told that it had happened, so this administration has acted very strangely about this, Bob, and it's kind of puzzling as to why they did not let us know in advance that this was going to happen.”

“I think they're going to be a lot of things that Bergdahl tells the… the army and the medical folks that he's talking to now that, Bob, it's going to be very difficult to validate but that's not to say they're not absolutely true. But we weren't there. We have nobody who was on the inside. So we don't know exactly what happened in his life over the last several years except we do know he was captured and he's been in the Taliban's hands for these number of years,” Chambliss said.

“When Bergdahl was let go, what we were told and what the public was told is that because of a video that was made apparently in December of last year and viewed by the Department of Defense in January of this year that Bergdahl looked like he had lost ten to fifteen pounds. He was in poor health, and they were concerned that if they did not make this exchange that his life would be in danger as a result of bad health. Well, no intelligence supported that,” said Chambliss. “And now they come back, and because he is in decent health considering where he's been, they've… they've changed their story. They've said, well, we suspect his life may be in danger if word got out of this pending possible trade that his life may be in danger. Again, I can just tell you there's no intelligence to support that and Director Clapper has… has already made that same statement. So the whole scenario surrounding this is very, very strange.”

“I just suspect that you're going to have, number one, rumors coming out about what he may be saying but then other actual statements that he may make that are going to be very difficult to validate. And again that's not to say they're not true.”

Meanwhile, a Fox News Poll was conducted and the results were released on Monday indicated that most respondents did not approve of the prisoner swap. According to results, the poll found that 52 percent of respondents say the administration should not have made the swap, compared to 31 percent who supported the deal.

Worryingly for Democrats, 49 percent said the exchange insults the efforts of soldiers who were killed and another 50 percent said the trade would make America weaker as a country.

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