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Bowe Bergdahl asked President Obama for a pardon before Trump takes office

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U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, charged with desertion after he left his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, reports Reuters

The White House announced Bergdahl's request on Saturday. 

Bergdahl has asked Obama for the pardon before President-elect Trump takes office. Trump has referred to Bergdahl as "a no-good traitor who should have been executed."

For dessertion, Bergdahl faces a court-martial that carries the potential of a life sentence for leaving his post and endangering U.S. troops. 

He was captured by the Taliban and was imprisoned for five years before the United States secured his release via a prisoner exchange. Trump also criticized that exchange. 

The White House received Bergdahl's pardon application but could not comment. 

Bergdahl's request has prompted a lot of criticism on social media. 

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