WATCH: Former Platoon Leader Slams Bergdahl for Seeking Pardon from Obama
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former American prisoner of war in Afghanistan who was freed in a 2014 swap for five Taliban detainees, has asked President Obama for a pardon.
Bergdahl is facing a court-martial trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after he abandoned his post in 2009.
On "Fox & Friends" this morning, U.S. Army Sgt. Matt Vierkant (Ret.), the former leader of Bergdahl's platoon, said this is a "desperate attempt" by Bergdahl and his defense team because they don't have a legal defense.
"The bottom line is he has to be accountable for his actions," Vierkant said. "It's nobody's fault but his that he was put in that position, so he has nobody to blame but himself. And it's unfortunate that he was a prisoner for five years, but it's his own fault."
Brian Kilmeade noted that Bergdahl lawyer Eugene Fidell alleges that his client can't get a fair trial under the Trump administration, as the president-elect has made his feelings about Bergdahl clear.
At an August 2015 campaign event, Trump called Bergdahl a “dirty, rotten traitor.”
Vierkant said that Trump was only expressing his opinion and he has no say in the actual trial.
"I believe we should let the military be professionals who conduct themselves in a professional manner and hold the trial, because his opinion isn't going to affect it any more than my opinion or anyone else."
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