Lawmakers: Obama releasing Taliban detainees with no notice first step in closing Guantanamo

President Obama releasing five Taliban detainees from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without notifying Congress has congressional Republicans arguing the president took the first step in his larger plan to side-step Capitol Hill to close the facility.

South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is among those most critical of Obama and is trying to thwart his effort.

Graham said this week that his goal is “to keep these prisoners in jail when appropriate to protect the United States” while Obama and fellow administration officials are “trying to clean out the jail.”


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