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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prosecutors argue that serious injuries to two soldiers who searched for Bergdahl in 2009 show that he endangered his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan. The motion filed this month lays out how prosecutors plan to tie the injuries into arguments that Bergdahl is guilty of misbehavior before the enemy. It’s a relatively rare charge that carries up to a life sentence. AP Photo/Ted Richardson, File)

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


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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