Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion; UPDATE: Army claims reports are false
Updated at 5:13 PM CST: I will bet good money that somebody from the White House made a phone call after this report broke on Monday night.
Military officials said on Tuesday that news reports stating Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face desertion charges are “patently false.”
“To be clear there have been no actions or decisions on the Sgt. Bergdahl investigation. The investigation is still with the Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command who will determine appropriate action — which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial.
“We understand the public interest in this case and once a decision has been made, the Army will be open and transparent in this matter.
“The reporting from Fox News and NBC on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is patently false,” Maj. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, the Chief of Public Affairs U.S. Army, said.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby added that “no decision” has been reached concerning the Army's investigation of Bergdahl as to whether or not he deserted.
“There is a process here" and General Mark Milley is “in a deliberative process” concerning the Bergdahl investigation, Kirby said.
Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer of the London Center for Policy Research told Bill O’Reilly on Monday that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion.
“Bill, the Army has come to its conclusion and Bowe Bergdahl.
“Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. A charge sheet is results of the investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated.
"The key violation is desertion. And this is has been done. The decision has been made.
"Let me be very clear. As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.
“This is shaping up to be a Titanic struggle behind the scenes. Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing. Factually, there’s no way they can not do the right thing regarding Bergdahl.
"And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban. The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out," Shaffer said.