Presidential races

Bergdahl’s defense mulls having Trump testify

Bowe Bergdahl’s defense attorneys are considering making Donald Trump a witness in the Army sergeant’s upcoming court-martial.

Bergdahl’s lawyers could summon the GOP presidential front-runner based on his vocal criticism of the former soldier, according to Bloomberg View.

{mosads}“We’ve made no decision yet on whether to call Mr. Trump as a witness,” said Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s defense attorney, in an interview Friday. “We continue to monitor his defamatory statements.”

Bergdahl, 29, was arraigned at Fort Bragg last month on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He left his post in Afghanistan six years ago and subsequently became a Taliban captive, until his release in May 2014 in exchange for five senior Taliban members held at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Bergdahl’s actions overseas have sparked fierce controversy given the cost paid for freeing the Army sergeant.

Trump has repeatedly rebuked President Obama’s decision, while calling Bergdahl a “no-good traitor.”

He vowed last month to review the soldier’s case if elected president, adding that similar incidents in the past have ended in military executions.

“Fifty years ago, what would’ve happened?” Trump asked during a rally in Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015.

“Boom,” he added, pantomiming firing an imaginary rifle into the air.

Fidell has frequently argued that Trump’s public visibility threatens Bergdahl’s hopes of a fair trial.

“[Trump must] cease his prejudicial months-long campaign of defamation against our client,” he said in December.

“I have no idea what Mr. Trump has in mind and I don’t think Mr. Trump has any idea of what he has in mind,” Fidell added.

Bergdahl faces the possibility of life in prison if found guilty of misbehavior before the enemy. His desertion charge, meanwhile, carries a maximum five-year sentence upon conviction.

Bergdahl has publicly defended his actions, claiming he vacated his post so he could alert senior officials about problems with his unit.

Tags Afghanistan Army Bowe Bergdahl desertion Donald Trump Military Taliban War
See all Hill.TV See all Video