In 2009, Sgt. Bergdahl walked off of his post in Afghanistan and was subsequently taken by the Taliban.
In 2014, President Obama secured his release by trading five high ranking Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
Bergdahl’s lawyers have maintained that the case against their client should be dropped in light of Trump’s public remarks. Trump repeatedly blasted Bergdahl during the presidential campaign, labeling him a “traitor.”
“We’re tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who’s a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed,” Trump said in October 2015.
“Thirty years ago, he would have been shot,” he added.
Prosecutors maintained that the comments weren’t relevant, since Trump was not president at the time he spoke them.
Army Colonel Jeffery Nance apparently agrees.
His ruling on Friday called Trump’s comments “disturbing and disappointing,” but he didn’t see any reason why Bergdahl could not receive a fair trial because of them.
Bergdahl’s charges are desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
The trail is set to take place in April. If the decision comes down against him, Bergdahl could receive life in prison.
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