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Bowe Bergdahl wants court-martial expunged

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - US soldier and Hailey, Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl is filing a lawsuit asking for his sentence to be expunged. 

It comes more than three years after his court-martial.

In 2009, Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in protest of his command. He was then captured by the Taliban and held for five years.

Once home, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Instead of serving time in prison, he was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, demotion to the lowest rank and had to forfeit $10,000 in pay.

This new 16-page complaint claims former President Donald Trump and Senator John McCain used their influence to affect his trial and a judge involved in the case failed to disclose he had applied for a job in Trump's Department of Justice.

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  1. As a combat veteran, the only thing I can say is this piece of garbage shouldn’t have been let out of prison. Keep what you earned, scumbag.

  2. As a really old ‘Nam combat veteran, I agree however, I would have sent him back to his new friends Afghanistan and he could live forever in a large sand pit.

    At least some of the ‘Nam vets who deserted and remained in ‘Nam did not return to the world and cry.

  3. “Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.”
    So….what….he now believes he WASN’T actually guilty? 😉
    BTW: as a NON-veteran, this B.S. offends the **** out of ME. Similar to the whole ‘take a knee’ nonsense. As simply an American who has enjoyed the fruits of the service/sacrifice of those who HAVE, I would assume that my umbrage would pale in comparison to theirs. 🙁

  4. I sincerely hope his appeal fails. Once a soldier, you don’t get to pick and choose which orders to follow or there would be anarchy in the services. He “earned” his punishment, now quit whining!

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