Capitol Media Partners, the Los Angeles firm of GOP PR strategist Richard Grenell, has been lining up media appearances for military critics of released prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Obama with Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents at the White House on May 31.
BuzzFeed first reported that Grennell, a UN spokesman during the George W. Bush administration, helped members of Bergdahl's former Army unit arrange interviews with major media like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Fox News this week.
The Obama administration executed a controversial deal with the Taliban this week to release Bergdahl in exchange for five prisons held at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. The former members of Bergdahl's unit, in interviews arranged by Grenell, have been critical of the POW, who was separated from his unit under suspicious circumstances in Afghanistan in 2009.
Joshua Cornelison, identified by the New York Times as a former medic in Bergdahl’s platoon, said, “I won’t get into the politics, but now that he’s back he needs to be held 100 percent accountable. For putting myself and 29 other people in my platoon in hell for 90 days.” The Times noted the interview, as well as another, was arranged by "Republican strategists."
Grenell, who is openly gay, made headlines during the 2012 presidential campaign when he resigned as a foreign policy spokesman for Mitt Romney after the campaign faced criticism from some conservatives for hiring him and he made brash remarks about some critics.
Brad Chase, a partner at CMP, told Buzzfeed the firm worked pro bono for soldiers.