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Trump’s Comments Under Consideration During Bergdahl Sentencing Hearing

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (center) is escorted to a troops building during Fort Bragg, N.C., on Oct. 16, a day he pleaded guilty to abandonment and misconduct before a enemy.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (center) is escorted to a troops building during Fort Bragg, N.C., on Oct. 16, a day he pleaded guilty to abandonment and misconduct before a enemy.

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A troops decider is dire prosecutors on either Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can accept a satisfactory conference after comments done by President Trump.

At a sentencing conference Monday, Army Col. Jeffrey Nance spent a improved partial of an hour on a subject, reports NPR’s Greg Myre, following a renewed suit by a invulnerability to boot since of comments by Trump that could consecrate “undue authority influence” on a court-martial.

Bergdahl, who spent 5 years in Taliban captivity, has been a visit aim for a president. Trump suggested in 2015 that Bergdahl “should be shot,” as NPR’s Rebecca Hersher reported.

In prior filings, lawyers for Bergdahl cited during slightest 45 instances where Trump called their customer a traitor. In Monday’s discussion, a invulnerability emphasized comments from Trump a same day Bergdahl pleaded guilty to abandonment and misconduct before a enemy.

“I can’t criticism on Bowe Bergdahl,” Trump told reporters final Monday. “But we consider people have listened my comments in a past.”

Greg reports that a conference recessed after an hour overdue to a family puncture for one of a prosecutors and will resume Wednesday. He adds that Nance did not prove how he would order on a defense’s motion.

“The decider has really far-reaching option in this case. He could judgment Bergdahl to life in jail or he could let him travel out of justice a giveaway man, observant in a clarity that a 5 years he spent in Taliban chains is punishment enough,” Greg reports. “And that seemed to be what Bergdahl’s counsel was removing at, that Trump’s comments should have some impact on a sentencing and should not lead to any serve confinement.”

When asked by a decider if he wanted to repel his guilty plea, Bergdahl declined.

NPR’s Bill Chappell has this timeline of pivotal events in a case:

  • “June 2009: Bergdahl is prisoner by a Taliban after withdrawal his bottom in southeastern Afghanistan. Almost immediately, questions arise about a resources of his capture.
  • “May 2014: Bergdahl is liberated in sell for 5 Taliban detainees who were being hold during a troops jail in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
  • “March 2015: The U.S. Army charges Bergdahl underneath dual sections of a Uniform Code of Military Justice: Article 85 (Desertion) and Article 99 (Misbehavior before a enemy).”

Trump and other politicians have claimed that other soldiers died while perplexing to find him. As Bill reported, in 2014, then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responded to that explain in testimony to Congress:

“I have privately left behind and asked that doubt inside a Pentagon, in a Army, in all of a reports. we have seen no justification that directly links any American fight genocide to a rescue or anticipating or hunt of Sergeant Bergdahl. And we have asked a question. We have all asked a question. we have seen no evidence, no contribution presented to me when we asked that question.”

U.S. crew were harmed in a search. Greg reports that those soldiers are approaching to attest during an arriving hearing.