Bergdahl attorneys file motion to dismiss court-martial over Trump comments
WASHINGTON – Attorneys representing accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl filed a motion to dismiss his court-martial over statements made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail within an hour of his swearing into office Friday.
Bergdahl’s attorneys noted the new commander-in-chief made repeated mentions on the campaign trail of the soldier who was held captive by the Taliban for five years after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan. In their motion, they list more than 25 instances of Trump disparaging Bergdahl during campaign rallies and nationally televised interviews.
“President Trump has made it impossible for Sgt. Bergdahl to obtain a fair trial,” the motion states. “He used the opportunity presented by his campaign rallies and fired-up crowds of supporters to condemn Sgt. Bergdahl by name time after time. Thousands of people were in attendance and thousands more viewed the rallies live or via television or the popular YouTube video service.”
Bergdahl faces an April court-martial on charges of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place” and “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty.” The more serious misbehavior charge carries a potential life sentence.
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