Bowe Bergdahl Trial Postponed Until February 2017

The delay is to give the defense time to review classified documents.

Army Judge Col. Jeffrey R. Nance announced that the trial would be pushed back at a pre-trial hearing held today in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The move means Bergdahl’s fate will not be decided until after a new commander-in-chief is elected and inaugurated.

In a statement, Bergdahl’s civilian defense lawyer, Eugene Fidell, said Trump’s remarks threatened Bergdahl’s right to a fair trial, adding that they were “contemptible and un-American.” Bergdahl's military lawyer, Lt. Col. Frank Rosenblatt, sent a letter to Trump, requesting an interview. Bergdahl's defense team is considering deposing Trump over the remarks.

Bergdahl is facing a court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If convicted, he could face life in prison. He has not entered a plea.