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.