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FLASHBACK: McCaskill Was ‘Very Proud’ of Deal That Freed Deserter Bergdahl

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty of desertion according to reports.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, ” according to an Associated Press report. Immediately after Bergdahl was freed, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) praised President Obama for his decision to exchange five Taliban commanders for Bergdahl.

Bergdahl who was held captive by the Taliban for five years after he deserted his post in Afghanistan was turned over to the U.S. after President Obama released “five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo prison in exchange for” Bergdahl.

Over the years, several American soldiers died during multiple attempts to find and free Bergdahl. After he was released, soldiers who served with Bergdahl expressed their disappointment with the prisoner swap.

“I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon told CNN in 2014 about the deal. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”

However, President Obama’s deal was immediately met with praise from McCaskill.

“We saved this man’s life. The commander-in-chief acted within his constitutional authority, which he should have done to in fact get that man after five years of captivity. I’m very proud that we have no POWs left in Afghanistan and the president should be proud of it also,” McCaskill said during an interview.

Forty-eight hours later, however, McCaskill was walking back her support of the deal after reports emerged that Bergdahl had deserted his post.

“I’m not going to comment until I look at the brief,” McCaskill told The Weekly Standard at the time.