Fiery No Jail Time for Bergdahl? Judge Jeanine Says 'The Fix Is In'
She argued that the case has become politicized, saying "the fix is in" for Bergdahl to get off easy.
"I am furious when members of the United States military - the ones who swear allegiance to God and country, the ones who swear to protect all of us - bow to the political pressures of the White House and kiss the ring of a treasonous, worthless deserter," she said.
Gen. Robert Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, will ultimately decide whether the case should be referred to a lower-level court-martial proceeding.
Pirro urged Abrams to reject the recommendation, saying it would set a "precedent [that] is dangerous for our soldiers and our country."
She said it all comes down to the fact that Obama cannot be seen as knowingly releasing five of the worst Taliban prisoners in Gitmo in exchange for a "deserter."
Watch Judge Jeanine's Opening Statement above and read the transcript below.
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I'm not surprised anymore when President Barack Obama does things that are un-American, unconstitutional or just plain divisive and dangerous.
Like releasing five of the worst Taliban in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl.
But I am furious when members of the United States military--the ones who swear allegiance to God and country--the ones who swear to protect all of us--bow to the political pressures of the White House and kiss the ring of a treasonous, worthless deserter.
Look, we already know where Barack Obama stands on this. You remember the fanfare and that hastily arranged press conference when he repeatedly hugged Bergdahl's mother in the Rose Garden, and grinned ear to ear while Bergdahl's father-- an American -- thanked Allah and spoke in the official language of the Taliban.
Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Mark Visger who presided over the article 32 hearing recommends no jail time or any punitive discharge for Bergdahl on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
A few facts here: Bergdahl tells platoon mates he wants to join the Taliban and voluntarily leaves his unit during combat. He folded his clothes, took water, protein bars, his cellphone and a knife, left his weapons, and walked off. Several of his platoon mates agree he is a deserter.
Afghanis tell reporters that Bergdahl came through their villages looking for the Taliban. Bergdahl actually calls his unit and says he's not coming back. How do we know this? We intercepted his phone calls. A platoon member of his says he heard it firsthand.
Fact: The search for Bergdahl needlessly put soldiers' lives at risk and there are reports that several died looking for him in that area of Afghanistan.
But at the military hearing, the intercepts of the phone calls of Bergdahl speaking with the Taliban are not introduced into evidence.
Major General Kenneth Dahl assigned to investigate Bergdahl actually testifies in his defense. And even Bergdahl doesn't testify in his own defense.
And now it is recommended by the military that he walk. Folks, the fix is in.
Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter who left his unit during a time of war to join the enemy--in itself a death penalty crime. Other soldiers risked their lives and reports are some lost their lives looking for him.
There is one person though who gets the final say. This matter will be reviewed and ultimately decided by General Robert Abrams, commander of the US Army forces command, hopefully he will make the right decision and recognize that this precedent is dangerous for our soldiers and our country.
So you ask yourself why would this happen? Why? I'll tell you why. Because the president of the United States cannot be seen as knowingly trading a deserter--who could and should have faced death-- for five of the worst Taliban in Gitmo, 2 of whom who we've since learned have tried to rejoin the Taliban.
And if any of these officers—Lt Colonel Mark Visger, Major General Kenneth Dahl or General Robert Abrams get promoted in the next 14 months, then there's the proof. The fix is in.
And that's my open.