After months public anticipation, a person close to the investigation said Monday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his unit five years ago in Afghanistan and was subsequently captured by the Taliban, will be charged with desertion.
Retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer, who currently works for the London Center for Policy Research, revealed this information to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, and claimed he received it from two independent military sources.
“The Army has come to its conclusion and Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion,” he told O’Reilly.
Schaffer criticized President Obama, who heralded Bergdahl’s release in May in exchange for five Taliban Guantanamo detainees. The trade was made in apparent violation of federal law requiring that Congress be given 30 days advance notice of such an exchange.
“This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he told O’Reilly. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”
The military finished its investigation three months ago, but its conclusions have been kept under wraps since that time — until now.
Bergdahl could have been charged with as little as being absent from his unit without leave, up to treason — or not charged with anything at all. That he would be charged with anything would come as a huge blow to the Obama administration.
Social media lit up at the news, and confirmed a prediction made more than seven months ago by conservative pundit and columnist Michelle Malkin.
Flashback 6/3/14: Exclusive: The story you haven’t yet heard about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion==> http://t.co/X3uNdu8ICr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 27, 2015
Another Twitter user noted the delay in releasing the military’s findings. Did the November midterms come into play here? It didn’t help the president’s party much.
The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion. The White House wanted to delay making this information public at this time. .
— Iceberg (@dunnerkeil) January 27, 2015
And what will this do to the Obama legacy — what little there is of it? It can’t help.
@Doc_68W_ @rapsays40 this’ll look good for Obama. Trading 5 terrorists for a deserter and probable taliban sympathizer. Fine leader!
— The Disgruntled Vet (@ExtraRegularJoe) January 27, 2015
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