Skip to comments.Why Bowe Bergdahl Wants to Appeal His Desertion Conviction Now
Posted on 03/03/2021 8:27:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Well, he’s back, folks. Bowe Bergdahl wants to appeal his desertion conviction because—you guessed it—Donald Trump is no longer president. Bergdahl claims the former president’s rhetoric prevented him from having a fair trial. The case stems back when Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan 12 years ago, which led to his capture by the Taliban. They held him for five years. Katie covered this fiasco of a story, noting that six US servicemen were killed trying to look for him. He was released in 2014 in a prisoner exchange, where we got this deserter for the price of releasing five high-ranking Taliban terrorists (via Stars and Stripes):
A former U.S. Army soldier who was court martialed after he left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban is asking a federal judge to overturn his military conviction, saying his trial was unduly influenced when former President Donald Trump repeatedly made disparaging comments about him and called for his execution.
Bowe Bergdahl filed the complaint in federal court in Washington, D.C. last month, asking a judge to overturn his court martial conviction. Bergdahl says Trump's statements and actions by the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and his military judge violated his Fifth Amendment right to a fair trial.
"The scandalous meddling in a specific case by leaders of the political branches — one of whom was Commander in Chief of the armed forces — would never be tolerated if the proceeding had been a criminal prosecution in this or any other federal district court and should not be tolerated in a court-martial," Bergdahl's attorneys wrote in the court filing.
Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after the then-23-year-old from Hailey, Idaho, left his post in Afghanistan in 2009. The soldier maintained he was trying to get outside his post so he could report what he saw as poor leadership within his unit, but he was abducted by the Taliban and held captive for nearly five years.
In 2017, he finally entered a guilty plea for desertion. He was fined $10,000, got a reduction in rank (he was a sergeant), and was dishonorably discharged. He received no jail time. Then-President Trump labeled him a “traitor” upon his guilty plea.
Guy also covered the Bergdahl story and this exchange—“the Taliban Five”—and it’s classic Obama when it comes to confronting radical Islamic terrorism. It was a total disaster.
Even CNN reported that there was intercepted radio chatter about Mr. Bergdahl wanting to join the Taliban. The Government Accountability Office said the exchange itself was illegal since Congress was not notified. The intelligence community was not on board with this move either.
This saga is just a reminder of the stench that emanates from Obama’s foreign policy. Be smart and reject this appeal.
Should have left him with the Taliban.
Hang him, then burn the body. Too many good soldiers died trying to locate this piece of excrement.
So his 5th amendment rights were interfered with when he pled guilty to a charge and wasn’t sent to jail?
I entirely agree, let’s throw out the guilty plea and court martial him again, this time add on 20 years in Leavenworth.
odd that he didnt get the Epstein treatment..
The case against him is flat overwhelmingly not in his favor.....unless all involved recant, etc., etc., etc.
Because traitors have stolen the Whut Haus.
He wasn’t AWOL, he was a traitor who joined the other side.
I hope justice is projected on this traitor.
Bowe Bergdahl: A hero For the 21st Century. /barf
Conviction? He pled guilty. He admitted his guilt. What's to appeal?
I would love to see him in a crosswalk.
These scumbags just never ever stop being scumbags. He is like the serial killer who taunts his Victims for years after he is convicted. He’s like Hillary who insulted and falesly accused the benghazi victims families of lying after all the trauma they had just been through.
These people are sick. They destroy people, torturee them mentally,, victimize them without evrn the slightest hint of remorse,, thenthey themselves turn around d and scream fro the rooftops if they feel themselves slighted in the even minutest manners.
Good call by his lawyers.
Democrats approve of treason.
Because another weak-kneed, sissy-homo administration is in charge?
“Hang him, then burn the body. Too many good soldiers died trying to locate this piece of excrement.”
Couldn’t agree more and please include those who paid to get him released from the Taliban, they need to be hung too.
Yeah, they should give him a retrial, convict him, and then have him shot.
Hard to figure how this will play out. The whole Bergdahl business was an embarrassment for the Obiden/Bama administration. Even the MSM allowed a bit of skepticism to creep into their coverage. So should Zhao Bai Din just ignore the whole Bergdahl mess and hopes it goes away, or perhaps issue a pardon or commute the sentence? What will his masters decide?
Of course...traitors are no in complete control of the government...he should be executed by firing squad...
A smart move.Does *anyone* believe that Feels Up/Heels Up has anything *but* utter contempt for the United States Armed Forces? So this traitorous punk has a good chance of overturning his court martial conviction.
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