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Kinzinger Disagrees With No Jail Recommendation for Bergdahl

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By    |   Monday, 12 Oct 2015 08:37 AM

Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Monday he is sympathetic with anyone who has mental issues while serving in a war zone, but he does not agree with a military expert who said this weekend he thinks Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should not serve time behind bars.

"The reality is, for someone who deserted in a time of war, typically the minimum is a five-year prison sentence, obviously, it can go up to death," the Illinois Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "I don't think anybody is advocating death at this point."

On Saturday,Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said Lt. Col. Mark Visger has decided that a civilian system should handle Bergdahl's case, which would limit the maximum punishment reduction of rank, a bad conduct discharge and a short jail term, even though he does not believe that should be sought.

His recommendation came after that of Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who testified last month that he interviewed Bergdahl for a day and he thought jail time would be "inappropriate" because he could not find evidence to show the captured soldier was "sympathetic to the Taliban," reports CNN.

Kinzinger said investigators should take under consideration that after Bergdahl fled his post, leading to his capture, there were several casualties and injuries among troops who had to search for him

 "I have sympathy for anybody going through anything mentally in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there are a lot of people who had struggles that didn't leave their base," said Kinzinger, himself a major in the Air National Guard who in the past has flown missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also on Monday, Kinzinger spoke about the chaos in the House speaker's race, saying he questions whether Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan wants to seek the seat, and he believes conservatives are "trying to hold the speakership hostage."

He further said he does not believe Ryan will make deal with the House Freedom Caucus or anyone else to win the seat.

"There's 247 members [in the House]," said Kinzinger. "The Freedom Caucus is less than 40. We have to come together as a family of 247 and represent us all."

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Monday he is sympathetic with anyone who has mental issues while serving in a war zone, but he does not agree with a military expert who said this weekend he thinks Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should not serve time behind bars.
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