Doesn’t Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel serve at the pleasure of President Obama? Apparently we’re all not supposed to think of that.

Final approval for the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, members of Congress learned on Monday from administration officials. 

‘They indicated (it was) Secretary Hagel (who made the final call),’ Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said after a classified briefing, ABC points out.

Hagel gets to explain this during a House Armed Services Committee hearing tomorrow. If that goes as well as his confirmation hearing, it will be depressing and yet morbidly entertaining. He’ll get to explain the heavy tire tracks that are now grooved into his back.