Bergdahl asks Obama for pardon
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years and freed in an exchange for five Taliban prisoners, has asked President Obama to pardon him before leaving the White House.

A source told Fox News that Bergdahl wrote a letter to Obama thanking him for rescuing him in 2014 and trading him for the Guantanamo Bay detainees.

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White House and Justice Department officials also told the New York Times that Bergdahl submitted several copies of a clemency application that were sent to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the White House immediately after the election.

The pardon would avert Bergdahl's court-martial trial, which is slated to begin in April. He faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, endangering fellow soldiers.

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE was highly critical of Bergdahl on the campaign trail, calling him a “dirty, rotten traitor” who "should have been executed.”

Trump has also criticized the policy of hostage trading while vowing to be tougher with terrorist groups than Obama.
 
Bergdahl’s lawyer Eugene Fidell indicated he'll attempt to dismiss the case if Bergdahl does not receive the pardon before Trump enters office next month, citing "grave concerns" over receiving a fair trial.
 
According to the Times, Fidell will argue that a fair trial will be impossible with Trump as president in-part, given the "beating" the candidate gave the soldier, and that the case should be dropped.
 
Updated: 8:07 p.m.