Lawyers for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are continuing their efforts to have the desertion case against their client dismissed because of disparaging remarks made by Donald Trump while he was campaigning for president.
Bergdahl’s lawyers on Thursday filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, claiming that Trump’s repeated comments calling Bergdahl a traitor, wrongly insisting that six soldiers lost their lives searching for Bergdahl and saying he should be executed makes it impossible for the Hailey native to received a fair trial.
The appeal was filed after a military judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, ruled last month that Trump’s statements were troubling but would not prevent Bergdahl from receiving a fair trial.
Bergdahl was scheduled to go on trial April 18 on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He was later captured by a group friendly with the Taliban and held hostage until a prisoner exchange was arranged in 2014.