By now you’ve heard about the prisoner swap of five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Seargeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by a Taliban-friendly group in Afghanistan since 2009.

Military reports and a platoon medic said that Sgt. Bergdahl had a history of deserting his post.

It’s no secret that President Obama has a history of governing more like an absolute monarch – accountable to no one – instead of a President accountable to the judicial and legislative branches. This latest incident is no exception or surprise, as confirmed by a recent revelation to Congress.

During a classified briefing to the entire House of Representatives on June 9th, White House officials revealed that between 80 and 90 Obama Administration staffers knew about the Bergdahl situation – while all 535 members of Congress were kept in the dark. Both Republicans and Democrats were unhappy with this report.

Obama BergdahlHouse Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) called this news “disturbing,” partly because of the high number who knew and partly because the White House has said it didn’t inform Congress until after the swap was made because it feared Bergdahl’s life may have been in danger if there had been a leak.

McKeon told CNN he wants to get an exact number of who knew and their names.

“My question to them was, if you don’t know who knew, then how could you – if a leak had happened and the sergeant had been killed – how could you go back and find out who leaked?” McKeon said.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, declined to defend the administration in an interview with CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield.

“It didn’t sit very well with those of us who were listening at the briefing,” Schiff said of the news that so many adminstration staffers knew of the decision ahead of time.

A law passed by Congress last year – and signed by President Obama – requires a 30-day notice before any prisoners associated with terrorist attacks against the United States are released from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. This decision clearly violates this federal statute, but laws haven’t stopped Obama from doing what he wanted before, so why should he start now?

As egregious as these revelations are, this may not be the most outrageous part of all. The final order to make the trade wasn’t made by President Obama… but instead by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. This makes us wonder about the President’s leadership style and how decisions are really made in the White House.

What do you think is the biggest mistake by the President: Keeping Congress in the dark about the situation, or having his Secretary of Defense give the final order for the trade? Let us know in the comments section below.