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McCaskill: Rush to judgment on Bergdahl is 'un-American'

12/31/1840 9:00 AM

06/05/2014 8:50 AM

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was one of the last senators to leave a two-hour briefing Wednesday on the weekend prison swap that has become the talk of the nation.

When she finally did leave, she had some choice words for Americans who have criticized Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

She told Politico that she hoped that the facts surrounding Bergdahl’s military record are eventually declassified “in fairness” to the solider.

“What’s unfortunate is that many people have spoken out about this episode without having all the facts,” McCaskill said in an interview. “I’m not going to make a judgment. There are circumstances that are difficult for this soldier and his family.

“But there’s a lot of facts the people don’t have right now. And this rush to judgment is frankly un-American. Especially considering that this is somebody who signed up and said: ‘I’m willing to die for my country.’ And was held in captivity for five years.”

She added: “I’m just anxious for all of the facts to get out there. I think a lot of them will become public.”

The U.S. exchanged five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl.


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