Disgraced Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has written a letter to President Barack Obama pleading with him for a pardon before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
Bergdahl allegedly deserted his Army outpost in Afghanistan in 2009 and was taken prisoner, and held in captivity for 5 years, by the Taliban. There was much debate about Bergdahl's intentions in allegedly deserting when Obama made a prisoner swap for his release in 2014.
Bergdahl, who was criticized by Trump from the campaign podium, has written a letter to Obama asking for clemency before he leaves office. From The Washington Examiner:
The letter was addressed to Obama and thanked him for making the swap that brought [Bergdahl] back to the U.S. He is now petitioning the Justice Department for clemency before President-elect Trump takes office due to the Republican's opposition to him, according to the New York Times.
Bergdahl's lead defense lawyer, Eugene Fidell, requested a pre-emptive pardon that would preclude his client's trial on desertion and misbehavior charges. His trial is scheduled to start April 18, 2017. Fidell said if the case has not been approved by Inauguration Day, he will submit a motion to have it dismissed.
However, if Bergdahl is found guilty of his two charges, he could face life in prison.