Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly referred to Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as a "dirty rotten traitor" and a deserter, who deserved to be shot. Bergdahl, who in 2009 walked off his post in Afghanistan and was captured and held captive by the Taliban, was part of a prisoner exchange orchestrated by the Obama administration in 2014. He now faces a court-martial for desertion.
At a pretrial hearing on Monday, Bergdahl's defense attorneys showed the military judge excerpts from a 30 minute long video they compiled of Trump's repeated denouncement of Bergdahl in interviews and speeches while campaigning for president. They have filed a motion to have the case dismissed on the grounds that he will not be able to get a fair trial based on Trump's repeated campaign rhetoric and his current position as Commander-in-Chief.
The military judge watched several minutes of the video and called it "disturbing material." He has yet to rule on whether or not to dismiss the case.