From The Frying Pan Into The Fire?

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, says the Taliban who captured him treated him better than the U.S. Army.  Bergdahl, pleaded guilty to one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy and faces life in prison. Members of his former unit are preparing to testify for the prosecution. Former Army Corporal Jonathan Morita  whose right hand was blown up during a search and rescue mission for Bergdahl , told the Associated Press,” “Did he really mean it, or did the defense tell him to say it?”  Other former  members of  Bergdahl Army platoon are also ready to testify in the sentencing stage of the trial, although one former member will not be able to testify verbally. Army National Guard Master Sgt. Mark Allen was shot in the helmet during a firefight and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He is in a wheelchair, unable to speak. Defense attorneys for Bergdahl want the judge to throw the case out, citing statements by President Trump as being prejudice to their client and making the possibility of a fair trial non existent.  During the Presidents 2015 campaign he refer to Bergdahl  frequently on the campaign trail at one time saying , ” Bergdahl is a dirty rotten traitor and  should  be executed by firing squad or thrown from a plane minus a parachute,” and the same year tweeted, “He should face the death penalty for desertion — five brave soldiers died trying to bring him back. U.S. has to get tough!” Asked about the trial during a recent Rose Garden news conference, the President said he could not say anything because of the ongoing trial, but added ” I think people have heard my comments in the past.” Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl defense attorney issued a statement asking the president to “Butt out of the case, and we will continue to defend Sgt. Bergdahl as the case proceeds. We ask that Donald Trump cease his prejudicial months-long campaign of defamation against our client.”  The presiding judge Col. Jeffrey R. Nance, has recessed the trial until Wednesday.


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