Welcome to today's live blog of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.
He'll testify about the United States' trade for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and the hearing's title -- "The May 31, 2014 Transfer of Five Senior Taliban Detainees" -- may point you to one of the aspects that is bugging some lawmakers.
Expect some fireworks, for the reasons mentioned at the top of this page.
The hearing starts at 10 a.m. -- stay with this blog for updates. You also can catch some of the hearing live on CNN.
Setting the stage: What the transfer looked like
The Taliban captured Bergdahl in Afghanistan in 2009. Some of his fellow soldiers allege he was captured because he intentionally left his post; Obama administration officials have said that issue will be investigated.
When the swap did happen May 31, the Taliban had a camera rolling. Here is what the transfer looked like:
Setting the stage: Hagel's previous comments
Before we get to Hagel's testimony, it'd be good to note some of what Hagel has said before about the swap. On June 4, he said it would be "unfair" to judge the solider (video below). That comment came as some of Bergdahl's fellow soldiers alleged he was captured five years ago because he walked off his base.