Bowe Bergdahl Asks President Obama For Pardon

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in a 2014 prisoner swap, has formally asked President Obama for a pardon before Donald Trump takes over as President in January.

Trump has called Bergdahl a “no-good traitor who should have been executed” and would likely oppose a pardon.

The request comes after Bergdahl’s trial was postponed for the second time as Department of Defense officials review new reams of evidence.  His trial is now slated to begin May 15, 2017.

Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, which is the highest form of court-martial the military can convene.  His sentence could be as high as life in prison.

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Request for pardon comes after years of evidence-gathering

On June 30, 2009, Bergdahl walked off of his platoon’s patrol base in Paktika province, Afghanistan, and was quickly captured by the Taliban.  He was tortured and held captive for five years by the Haqqani network, a group that works with the Taliban and was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani.

Bergdahl’s legal team sent a clemency application to the White House, the Justice Department and the Pentagon, according to officials at those institutions.  In the request, he asked for a pre-emprive pardon for walking off the base.

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Bowe Bergdahl being held captive in Afganistan, 2009. REUTERS/via Reuters TV

In 2014, when he was released, President Obama stood alongside his parents at the White House.  National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said he had served with “honor and distinction.”  After it was discovered that Bergdahl had left the base of his own accord, no more such praise was lavished on him.

Soldiers who served with Bergdahl later accused him of desertion and trying to join the Taliban, and attributed deaths and injuries to the subsequent rescue efforts.

It is unclear if President Obama is open to the idea of a pardon.

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9 thoughts on “Bowe Bergdahl Asks President Obama For Pardon”

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    To pardon this traitor is supporting terrorism. If Obama grants this pardon. It will be proof he has supported terrorism throughout his Presidency. Say NO to Obama, terrorism and a pardon for this man.

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    This guy beats all I have ever seen! He willingly left his post and has the audisity to ask for a pardon?? WELL PARDON ME!
    SIT YOUR ASS IN JAIL! You are the readon “real” Soldiers died by going out to search for your worthless behind.
    You made that bed r.e.m.f. now lay in it!

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    He is a traitor and should be punish….He probably has a well organized plan he and the terrorist group planned when he was with them to carried it out on US territory. The terrorist group and this traitor are counting on Obama pardon to carry out the plan….jail traitor.

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    This article is the funniest thing I’ve read all week. To think that you deserve (and from out of nowhere, finally grew a pair that you haven’t had since that day in 2009) and asked for a pardon after admittedly deserting your friends, your family, is absolutely absurd. Stock up on lube, traitor. You’re gonna need it while you rot in prison.

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    I am not sure he realizes that his “safe” place may well be in a solitary cell in a federal prison. Knowing how the American Fighting Man feels about traitors, and knowing that there are sufficient numbers of well trained former soldiers who would be more than willing to seek him out, perhaps he should rethink his request. But then again, he does not appear to be the brightest blub in the package.

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    Yes he did leave his post. But please read/why he did so. The media is not telling you the whole story. Before you say that he should rot in jail, do a little research.

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