There are new reports that the Obama administration is pushing back on the soldiers who have publicly stated that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. White House aides purportedly said that they didn’t know the platoon members were going to “swift boat” Bergdahl, which is a reference to the men who raised questions about John Kerry’s military service in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a Marine veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee, reacted to the developments tonight on The Kelly File.
“These are pathetic allegations put out there to hide a botched foreign policy move,” Hunter said, adding that the Obama administration doesn’t have respect for the U.S. military.
He made a different comparison between Bergdahl and Kerry, saying, “As John Kerry threw his medals over the White House fence and turned his back on all of his Vietnam brothers and sisters, that’s what Bergdahl did. Bergdahl walked away from his men and he left them in a bad spot. People lost their lives or got hurt trying to find him.”
Hunter defended the soldiers’ right to speak out about Bergdahl walking away from their unit in Afghanistan.
Tonight, the Senate held a closed door meeting on the release of five Gitmo detainees for Bergdahl’s release. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended the meeting and joined The Kelly File afterwards.
Representatives from the State Department, Pentagon, Joint Chiefs and the intelligence community were there. Inhofe said there was “total uniformity” among those who briefed the Senate tonight.
Watch Sen. Inhofe's interview below and Rep. Hunter above.
Don't miss The Kelly File, Thursday night at 9p/12a ET: Megyn sits down for the first time with six members of Bergdahl's platoon. The State Department has now questioned the credibility of these soldiers, who have been sounding the alarm about Bergdahl's disappearance.
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