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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.
White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years. The Obama administration's decision in May 2014 to exchange him for five Taliban prisoners being held at the U.S prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, touched off a firestorm of criticism, with some Republicans accusing Obama of jeopardizing the safety of a nation for a deserter. Lawmakers expressed outrage that the Obama administration did not give Congress a 30-day notice about transferring the detainees to Qatar, as required by law.
Bergdahl's disappearance and the possibility that he might face light punishment angered many in the military, given that his fellow soldiers took considerable risks to search for him.
originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
if obama wants to have any thing good said about him and his legacy, he better tell bowe that he is going to rot in jail before he goes to hell.
originally posted by: dragonridr
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
Simple he deserted his post in a combat zone. He mistakenly thought they would be sympathetic to him instead they held him prisoner. I say needs to stay in Leavenworth no pardon.
At Donald Trump rallies, crowds roar when the leading Republican presidential candidate calls Bergdahl a “dirty rotten traitor” who should be shot to death. To hoots and hollers, the taunting tycoon pretends to pull the trigger himself. Or he says Bergdahl should be flown back to Afghanistan and pushed out of a helicopter, sans parachute. On social media, a vast chorus of patriots and partisans agree: The longest-held American POW since Vietnam deserves no mercy. And the U.S. Army apparently agrees. Source
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
This is interesting. I've also heard the same thing said about Hillary's server set up; it was a state sanctioned op and she was never going to be prosecuted for anything surrounding it or it's use. It was deliberate disinfo and a way for them to move money/resources outside of government control or oversight.