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Fox News host asks whether Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should receive the death penalty

Ever since President Obama made the decision to exchange five members of the Taliban for American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the right-wing media have attempted to spin the story into a major political negative for the White House.

 A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits outside Zaney's coffee shop where Bergdahl worked as a teenager on June 2, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho.
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Leading the charge for the conservative backlash has been Fox News. Since the POW prison swap, Fox News have made claims that Sgt. Bergdahl was a deserter who left his post, was the cause of multiple military deaths of serviceman who went looking for him and even claimed they have a "secret document" that showed Bergdahl was a "warrior" for Islam.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace spoke with the former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and asked whether the death penalty was a possible option for Sgt. Bergdahl.

Wallace: From what you know so far, is Bergdahl guilty of leaving his base without permission, being absent from his post? Is he guilty of being a deserter, is he guilty of being a defector? And after five years of captivity -- some people initially said, well, that's enough -- should he face the appropriate punishment if he is found guilty?

Mukasey: Desertion is a very serious offense...It carries a penalty, if it's done in wartime, that includes possibly the death penalty. At the end of World War II, we executed a U.S. soldier, in January of 1945 for desertion. So, it's a very serious offense.

Wallace: So, you believe the death penalty should at least be on the table for Bergdahl?

Murkasey: I'm not saying the death penalty should be on the table for Bergdahl, that case at the end of World War II was virtually unique in modern times. What I'm saying is, that is some indication of the seriousness of which the military does view and should view desertion.

While neither host or contributor stated that the death penalty should be the best possible option, the idea to even suggest it makes many scratch their heads.

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