Bergdahl court martial delayed until 2017

Bergdahl court martial delayed until 2017
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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not face court martial until next year, the judge presiding over his case announced Tuesday. 

Judge Jeffrey Nance announced during a status conference at Ft. Bragg that Bergdahl, who is facing charges for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, would face court martial on Feb. 6, 2017. 


This would mean Bergdahl, 30, will be court-martialed under a new commander-in-chief — likely either Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE or presumptive Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE

Trump has on the campaign trail repeatedly called Bergdahl a traitor that should have been executed, prompting the soldier's defense attorneys to request an interview with Trump over his comments, which they say could jeopardize his right to a fair trial.

The trial was originally scheduled for August but was delayed until February to provide time to resolve disputes over the defense's access to classified documents, according to The Associated Press. 

Bergdahl walked off from his post in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban until May 2014, when the Obama administration traded him for five senior Taliban commanders held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. 

The move angered both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, since the administration did not comply with a law to give Congress 30 days advance notice before any Guantanamo detainee transfer. 

Republican lawmakers also argued the transfer of the senior Taliban commanders — one of whom reportedly is suspected of reengaging in terrorist activities — made the U.S. less safe. They also argued the swap was akin to negotiating with terrorists, which is against U.S. policy.  

Bergdahl is currently serving on active-duty in a desk job at a headquarters unit at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.