Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is considering suing Donald Trump–because the outspoken Republican candidate called him a “dirty, rotten traitor.”
Trump’s comments were made during a town hall in New Hampshire on Wednesday. While discussing Bergdahl’s release, as part of a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, Trump made his controversial comments.
Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene R. Fidell, slammed Trump for his comments.
He claimed that Trump’s comments were completely “unfounded,” because Bergdahl has not been charged with treason–and questioned whether the comments by the high-profile businessman would prevent Bergdahl from getting a free trial.
And while Fidell admits Bergdahl, due to the charges against is not “in a position, for the moment, to bring the defamation lawsuit Mr. Trump richly deserves,” he left the possibility open for the future.
Bergdahl–who is currently awaiting trial for desertion and endangering his fellow troops–was released on May 31, 2014, after being held captive by the Taliban for five years.
In exchange for Bergdahl’s release, the Obama White House released five Taliban terrorists, who were being held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bergdahl’s release was immediately controversial, when it came to light that he might have voluntarily left his post in Afghanistan back in 2009 in order to join the Afghan forces.
If Bergdahl is convicted of the most serious charges against him, he faces life in prison.