Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Monday pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to multiple reports.
The Associated Press reported earlier that Bergdahl would plead guilty to the charges. Bergdahl was facing charges of desertion for leaving his observation post in Afghanistan June 2009 and was held by the Taliban until 2014. He was released from captivity in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners called “The Taliban Five.”
President Trump criticized Bergdahl and the exchange during the presidential campaign, calling him a traitor and suggesting that he be executed.
The swap was hailed as the successful return on an American soldier, until news reports indicated that Bergdahl deserted his post and questions were raised about why he left.
According to CNN, Bergdahl to a judge on Monday that he left his post “on my own.”:
“I left my observation post on my own. I understand that leaving was against the law.”
Members from Bergdhal’s unit link the deaths of six soldiers to the search for Bergdahl after his disappearance in Afghanistan.