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Republican Lee Zeldin may be inviting provocative former Rep. Allen West to his congressional campaign kickoff on Sept. 8, but Zeldin made clear tonight he doesn't agree with West's view that Obama committed an impeachable offense with the Bergdahl prisoner swap.

The Obama administration negotiated U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release by swapping five high-level Taliban leaders detained at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp for him - and failing to notify Congress 30 days ahead of time as required by law.

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In June, West wrote: "Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense."

But when asked through his press aide if he supported impeaching Obama, Zeldin responded, "I am very seriously concerned with the president's decision to negotiate with terrorists." 

But he added, "While it doesn't rise to the level of an impeachable offense, I strongly believe that this sets a terrible precedent and puts our service members more at risk."

Zeldin, a Republican state senator from Shirley, is running against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in the Nov. 4 election.