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.
Bowe Bergdahl asked for a full pardon. POTUS thinks this is a very bad idea and sets a dangerous precedent, so it's 99% going to happen.— Josh Earnst (@NotJoshEarnest) December 3, 2016
Bergdahl's request has prompted a lot of criticism on social media.