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Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD - — Tony Lom­bardo, Army Times

De­fense at­tor­neys for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sent a let­ter Satur­day to Don­ald Trump, re­quest­ing an in­ter­view with the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, who has pre­vi­ously called their client a “no­good traitor who should have been ex­e­cuted.”

“I re­quest to in­ter­view you as soon as pos­si­ble about your com­ments about Sergeant Bergdahl dur­ing fre­quent ap­pear­ances in front of large au­di­ences in ad­vance of his court-mar­tial,” states the let­ter, signed by Bergdahl at­tor­ney Lt. Col. Franklin Rosen­blatt.

“Based on your per­sonal knowl­edge of mat­ters that are rel­e­vant to Sergeant Bergdahl’s right to a fair trial, this in­ter­view will help us de­ter­mine whether to seek a de­po­si­tion ... or your per­sonal ap­pear­ance as a wit­ness. ...”

Bergdahl dis­ap­peared from his post in Afghanistan’s Pak­tika prov­ince on June 30, 2009. He has been ac­cused of leav­ing his pa­trol base alone and in­ten­tion­ally be­fore he was cap­tured by Tal­iban in­sur­gents.

He spent five years as a cap­tive un­der the Tal­iban be­fore he was freed in a con­tro­ver­sial May 31, 2014, pris­oner swap that also freed five Tal­iban lead­ers from the U.S. mil­i­tary prison at Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bergdahl is now as­signed to a desk job at Joint Base San An­to­nio-Fort Sam Hous­ton, Texas.

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