Notorious traitor, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, is back in the headlines again. This time he’s attempting to take advantage of the new Trump administration to try getting off the hook for the betrayal of his country.
President Obama traded Bergdahl in exchange for freeing several known terrorist prisoners held by the US, a move that clearly broke US policy. And, now, Bergdahl is asking for a dismissal of charges, saying he won’t get a fair trial due to comments made by President Trump.
Can you smell the desperation?
According to CNN:
The defense team of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argued Monday he is unable to have a fair trial because of numerous comments made by then-candidate, now President Donald Trump on the 2016 campaign trail.
Shortly after the President’s inauguration, Bergdahl’s defense attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charges after Trump repeatedly called the sergeant a “traitor” during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The defense, led by Eugene Fidell, played pieces of a 28-minute video in which Trump repeatedly refers to Bergdahl as a “traitor.” They claim that “Trump’s statements are prejudicial to Sergeant Bergdahl’s right to a fair trial,” according to the motion filed last month. Their main argument was that Trump’s comments constituted “unlawful command influence,” (UCI) which would make it impossible for Bergdahl to receive a fair trial because the commander in chief has disparaged him multiple times.
Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance would not allow the defense to play all 28 minutes. He asked Fidell to play the points that best made his argument. Fidell requested to play five minutes from the beginning of the video and two from the end.
Bergdahl looked visibly uncomfortable during the several minutes that the video was played. A member of his defense team stood and placed his hand reassuringly to Bergdahl’s back twice. That person then sat down and mouthed to someone else on the team, “He’s fine.”
As the video played, Bergdahl’s neck turned red and he could be seen clenching his jaw. As he began to look more uncomfortable, Fidell asked his team to turn the video off, before reaching the seven minutes that he had originally requested.
The prosecution, led by Maj. Justin Oshana, argued against the motion, saying that comments made by a private citizen — whether or not they are now the President — cannot constitute UCI.
Bergdahl is being charged with desertion for leaving his post and misbehavior before the enemy, which could land him life in prison, a fate that’s well deserved.
When a person volunteers to serve the country by joining the military, there are rules, laws, and responsibilities agreed to, and that includes defending the Constitution, watching out for your fellow soldiers, and fulfilling the role you swore to do.
Bergdahl’s desertion led to the deaths of several troops, and enabled our weakened commander in chief to release deadly terrorists back out on the battlefield.
Life in prison would be acts of grace and mercy Bergdahl should happily accept, as he could’ve faced treason charges that carry the death penalty.
Let’s hope that justice is served in this case and Bergdahl doesn’t get away with his crime over such an ill-reasoned “defense.”
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]