Bowe Bergdahl, the prisoner of war and alleged deserter whose freedom President Obama bought by trading five terrorists leaders held at Guantanamo Bay back to the Taliban, has asked the president to grant him a pre-emptive pardon so he can escape prosecution when President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
Bergdahl was taken prisoner by the Taliban after he walked off of his post in Afghanistan in 2009, according to the Army Times, and was held captive by the insurgent group and its allies until the 2014 swap.
Bergdahl’s trial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy that endangered fellow soldiers — a trial many believe the Obama administration tried to keep from happening — is scheduled to begin April 18. However, according to The New York Times, Bergdahl’s lawyers have filed for a preemptory pardon from the lame-duck president because of Donald Trump’s criticism of both Bergdahl and the Taliban prisoner swap.
While news of the pardon campaign emerged in public only on Friday, it is reported that Bergdahl’s lawyers filed the clemency application with the White House, Department of Justice and the Department of Defense right after Trump’s election.
“I have grave concerns as to whether Sergeant Bergdahl can receive a fair trial given the beating he has taken over many months from Mr. Trump, who will be commander in chief, as well as Senator McCain’s call for a hearing in case Sergeant Bergdahl is not punished,”Eugene R. Fidell, Bergdahl’s lead attorney, told The Times.
If the clemency application fails, Bergdahl’s lawyers plan to file a claim that Trump violated Bergdahl’s due process rights by criticizing the sergeant.
Trump had railed against the prisoner swap and the alleged deserter, characterizing Bergdahl as ““a no-good traitor who should have been executed.”
“Remember the old days? A deserter, what happened?” Trump said in a July speech, pretending to pull the trigger of a rifle. “Bang.”
No matter how you feel about Trump’s remarks regarding Bergdahl, desertion is a crime that carries a life sentence. And it’s not like Bergdahl’s alleged desertion merely deprived the Army of one soldier; in addition to the five terrorists swapped for the sergeant, men actually died as a consequence of his decision.
The fact that Donald Trump has made some comments about Bergdahl shouldn’t be a way out of a trial for a crime that could end with Bergdahl in jail for life. The idea that this should excuse his actions is more offensive than anything Trump has ever said.
And, if President Obama decides to side with Bergdahl and his lawyers, it is a slap in the face to the soldiers who protect this great country with their lives.
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H/T The Daily Caller