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BOISE A Joint Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs met for three hours Wednesday looking into the details of the Bowe Bergdahl exchange and the events surrounding his disappearance.

The committee had a panel of people who were all impacted differently by Bergdahl's disappearance.

There were four people who testified before the congressional committee. From their testimonies, only one supported the idea of trading five Taliban members for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The three others say it was a bad move because of the circumstances surrounding how Bergdahl left.

No decisions were made Wednesday, rather it was an attempt to better understand the prisoner exchange and the impact it has on national security.

One line of questioning dealt with how Bergdahl was captured.

Spec. Cody Full roomed with Bergdahl and was in his unit. He testified on what he knows.

I do believe he left, without a doubt, said Full. We knew within an hour, two hours that he deserted. I don't know why he did it. He obviously had a plan, it was premeditated. .

Mike Waltz commanded a Special Forces company at the time Bergdahl was captured. He is now a senior Defense Department coordinator and says everyone in the area was ordered to search for Bergdahl.

One panel member, Andy Andrews, said his his son died during that search for Bergdahl.

Congressman Ted Poe from Texas asked Full what he thought.

Were members of U.S. military killed looking for Bergdahl? asked Poe.

Um, I don't know, said Full.

Someone was killed during that specific amount of time, said Waltz. Unless they tripped and hit their head on the way to the mess hall, they were out looking for Sgt. Bergdahl.

That sprung open the debate about the United States' mantra of no man left behind, with both sides arguing whether Bergdahl deserved to not only be searched for, but eventually traded.

The decision to exchange Sgt. Bergdahl may be imperfect but it was the right decision, we never leave our soldiers behind, said Dr. Mark Jacobson who supports the trade.

I believe we've set a dangerous precedent and I'd encourage this body to look closely at efforts of future release, said Waltz.

I don't believe the Bergdahl exchange is an example of negotiating with terrorists. I believe it is an exchange of prisoners, something that we've seen historically toward the end of war, said Jacobson.

This hearing ultimately was about getting down to the truth of what happened leading up to the prisoner exchange and the exchange itself.

Many still want to hear Bergdahl's side of things. Right now there is no timeline on that while he continues his reintegration at a Texas military hospital.

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