Bergdahl due back in court with Trump talk looming over case

Bergdahl due back in court with Trump talk looming over case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to a military courtroom at Fort Bragg Wednesday for his sentencing hearing, where prosecutors plan to present evidence that fellow service members were seriously wounded in a fruitless search for him after he abandoned his post in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors are expected to start calling witnesses to discuss these search missions and resulting injuries , which the judge ruled would not have happened had Bergdahl not endangered his comrades in 2009.

The 31-year-old soldier who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner faces up to life behind bars in the U.S. after pleading guilty to the rare charge of misbehavior before the enemy as well as desertion.

Criticism by President Donald Trump looms over the case. The military judge has yet to rule on defense arguments that Trump’s comments as recently as last week are preventing Bergdahl from getting a fair sentencing hearing.