Bowe Bergdahl's Attorney Eugene Fidell: Fox News Vilified My Client To 'Bludgeon' Obama

07/21/2014 06:41 pm ET | Updated Jul 21, 2014

As the investigation surrounding Bowe Bergdahl’s complicated story begins, Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fidell is speaking out against his client’s critics, specifically Fox News.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, Fidell accused the cable network of politicizing Bergdahl’s case in an effort to affect the public’s view of President Obama.

“It’s very unfortunate that Fox News has an opportunity to use this case in an effort to stir up the base, use this in an effort to vilify my client, who everybody knows has gone through a terrible five-year long captivity among the bloodthirsty and ruthless Taliban, and use this case as a lever to bludgeon President Obama,” Fidell said.

Although Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban was at first celebrated, the wave of public opinion quickly changed when news of Bergdahl’s past as a "deserter" surfaced. But as Fidell explained, it was “not a hard decision” to take Bergdahl’s case.

"The case has important issues in it, obviously. There have been people who have been using my client as a punching bag for other reasons, political reasons, in many instances," Fidell told host Alyona Minkovski. "And when I was asked to be involved, I was excited about the opportunity to doing the kind of pro-bono work lawyers are anxious and happy to do."

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview below:

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  • After five years in captivity, Bowe Bergdahl waits in a truck, dressed in white, with his Taliban captors for the American helicopter that will take him to freedom
  • The 28-year-old soldier waits as the helicopter approaches.
  • After it lands, Bergdahl and two of captors set off, approaching it while waving a white flag.
  • Three men from the helicopter cautiously approach them and separate Bergdahl, who is holding a plastic bag.
  • After gesturing to the pilot that has taken the prisoner, one of the men takes Bergdahl. After a couple more hand gestures to the Taliban, they begin walking him to the chopper.
  • After being patted down for weapons, Bergdahl is put on the helicopter
  • This text appears in the video, imploring Derdahl 'Don'come back to afghanistan'
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