Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump intervenes in military justice cases, grants pardons

Trump intervenes in military justice cases, grants pardons

President Trump has intervened in three military justice cases, issuing at least two pardons where USA service members have been accused of war crimes, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, who faced a murder trial scheduled to begin next year, took the phone call.

"He's hoping that his case - and even his time at Leavenworth - can be used for good to deal with some issues regarding rules of engagement on a permanent basis so that our warfighters are better protected, so that we have stronger presumptions favoring warfighters and they aren't treated like criminals on the South Side of Chicago", Brown said prior to the president's announcement, reported Task & Purpose.

Clint Lorance could be released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as soon as Friday evening, six years after being found guilty of second-degree murder. Maj.

"There are no words to adequately express how grateful my family and I are to our president, Donald J. Trump, for his intervention and decision", Eddie Gallagher said in a public statement Friday night.

Some current and former Pentagon officials say the pardons, while legal, could undermine the military justice system. Matthew Golsteyn, a West Point graduate, who was awaiting trial for allegedly murdering a suspected Afghan bombmaker in 2010.

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"The President is part of the military justice system as the Commander-in-Chief and has the authority to weigh in on matters of this nature", the spokesperson said.

The calls were made at the tail end of a day dominated by impeachment hearings against Trump, and after days of efforts by some senior Pentagon officials to change his mind, according to three us officials.

"Trump has sent a clear message of disrespect for law, morality, the military justice system, and those in the military who abide by the laws of war", Shamsi said in a statement.

In July, a military jury acquitted him of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter by stabbing the wounded prisoner in the neck, but it convicted him of illegally posing with the detainee's corpse.

Without saying whether he supported the exoneration of the three service members, Esper told reporters last week that he had "a robust discussion with the president" about their cases.

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