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Sen. Rand Paul weighs on on decision to trade Taliban operatives for Bowe Bergdahl

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is weighing in on President Obama's decision to trade five Taliban operatives for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

"It's not just Hagel, it's not just the President, Hillary Clinton is saying, 'Oh, you know what? The Taliban is not a danger to Americans.' That's about as ludicrous a statement as I've heard," Paul said.

Paul says one in three of the prisoners who have been released in the past have gone back to committing violence. It's a concern he shares with many lawmakers, but one Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shot down during hearings on Wednesday.

Soldiers serving alongside Bergdahl say he abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, just before he was captured.

Bergdahl is still recovering in Germany and Hagel says he'll return to the U.S. once he's cleared by medical professionals.

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