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Bowe Bergdahl is getting another chance to argue Trump's comments screwed with his trial
Pvt. Bowe Berghdal has been granted a review of his case to determine if tweets and comments made by President Donald Trump irrevocably tainted his original trial and therefore constitute grounds for his sentence to be dismissed.
The order was posted on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces website on Nov. 4, and first reported by Military Times.
Bergdahl's 2017 sentence for deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009 — which led to his capture and imprisonment by the Taliban for five years and the controversial exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees to get him back — included a reduction in rank from sergeant to private, a $10,000 fine, and a dishonorable discharge.
Trump has vocally criticized Bergdahl, both as president and before he took office. In March 2015, he said Bergdahl "should face the death penalty for desertion"; in April this year, he criticized President Barack Obama for swapping "five terrorist hostages...for traitor Sgt. Bergdahl."
In July, Bergdahl's attorneys appealed his sentence, arguing that Trump's comments, along with comments made by the late Sen. John McCain, constituted unlawful command influence.
McCain had said in 2015 that Bergdahl was "clearly a deserter."
The Army ultimately rejected the appeal, but as Military Times points out, the decision wasn't unanimous — Judge James Ewing wrote in his dissent that "Army prosecutors did not prove without a doubt that unlawful command influence did not taint the proceedings."
There's set date yet for the Bergdahl's appeals hearing, per Military Times, and Bergdahl's lawyers have 30 days to file their argument, and the government will then have 30 days to file a response.
A court date could then come within 20 days after the government's response is filed, Military Times reports.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
This comes after Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke on Veterans Day at Punchbowl cemetery about the "rules-based international order" that followed U.S. victory in the Pacific in World War II, and China's attempts to usurp it.
Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.