Fort Bragg, North Carolina (CNN)Defense attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sought to have charges against their client dismissed Tuesday, arguing that comments made by Sen. John McCain could prevent a fair trial.
Speaking to The Boston Herald in October, McCain said that he would hold a congressional hearing if Bergdahl wasn't punished during his military trial. In the same interview, the Arizona Republican added that Bergdahl "clearly deserted" his post.
Bergdahl is facing a court martial for charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after he disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009. He was captured and held in captivity by the Taliban until a prisoner exchange in May 2014.
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