Idaho Rep Urges Politicians To Hold Off On Criticizing Bergdahl

By Jessica Robinson

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is calling on fellow politicians to avoid “escalating the rhetoric” around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Labrador is a Republican. He made the comments at a panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday in Washington D.C.

Congressman Labrador told the audience that without knowing more details, it’s too soon to criticize Bergdahl. Some former members of Bergdahl’s unit say he deserted in June of 2009. Backlash against the 28-year-old Army sergeant led his hometown of Hailey, Idaho to cancel a welcome home celebration. And the FBI is reportedly investigating threats against Bergdahl’s parents.

Labrador says members of Congress shouldn’t add fuel to the fire.

Rep. Raul Labrador: “We should concentrate on the exchange -- whether that exchange should have been done or not -- and to leave the Bergdahl family alone.”

On the issue of the exchange, Labrador has taken a somewhat different position than fellow Republicans. He says prisoner releases are part of winding down a war. However, Labrador didn’t indicate whether he supports the exchange of five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl.

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