U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army

Bergdahl lawyers seek dismissal of U.S. general in desertion case

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan charged with desertion, sought on Friday to have the general overseeing the military legal proceedings disqualified from the case, citing a conflict of interest. The motion filed by Bergdahl’s attorney Eugene Fidell with a military appeals court argued that General Mark Milley’s nomination to serve as the Army’s chief of staff could impact the case, especially with Milley needing Senate confirmation to become the service’s top officer. Many Republican lawmakers condemned the deal the Obama administration reached that brought Bergdahl home, calling it irresponsible.

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