Trump on Bergdahl Ruling: A Total Disgrace to America

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Posted: Nov 03, 2017 1:30 PM
Trump on Bergdahl Ruling: A Total Disgrace to America

President Trump, who is currently on board Air Force One and on his way to Hawaii for the first leg of his 10-day trip to Asia, has issued a response to Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance's ruling Friday morning that admitted deserter Bowe Bergdahl will not face prison time.  

According to reporting from the trial, Nance considered President Trump's previous comments about Bergdahl when deliberating over his sentencing.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — President Trump’s harsh criticism of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his Army post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, will weigh in favor of a lighter sentence for the sergeant, a military judge said on Monday.

“I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence,” the judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance of the Army, said during a hearing at Fort Bragg. The judge is expected to sentence Sergeant Bergdahl in the next few weeks.

The judge rejected a request that he dismiss the case or cap the length of the sentence on the grounds that the president’s comments had precluded a fair hearing. The judge said he had not been influenced by the remarks and that the public’s confidence in the military justice system had not been undermined.