Trump Announces Pardons for US Soldiers Accused of War Crimes

President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Nov. 15 2019 in Washington D.C

President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Nov. 15 2019 in Washington D.C. Zach Gibson—Getty Images

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.

Trump ordered the release of Clint Lorance, a former army lieutenant who had been convicted of murder for ordering soldiers under his command to open fire on three unarmed Afgan men, including two who died.

"We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" Lorance served six years of his 19-year sentence.

"I do have full confidence in the military justice system", Esper, a former US Army officer, previously said.

In 2013, prosecutors accused Lorance of illegally ordering the fatal shootings of two men on motorcycles while on patrol in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

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And he reversed the demotion of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was acquitted of murder, but convicted on a lesser charge in a war crimes case this summer, the New York Times reports.

"The president is a convening authority by Act of Congress", Fidell added.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military court on Naval Base San Diego in July.

"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", Gallagher said in a statement to the public Friday night.

"I truly believe that we are blessed as a nation to have a commander in chief that stands up for our war fighters, and cares about how they and their families are treated", he said.

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Golsteyn's trial by court-martial initially had been scheduled for December but was postponed until February 19 to give attorneys more time to prepare.

"Our family is profoundly grateful for the president's action", Golsteyn said Friday in a statement. Thanks to President Trump, we now have a chance to rebuild our family and lives.

Other US officials and advocates for the service members involved have said that adopting the president's desires in the military justice system should not be hard.

US President Donald Trump intervened in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations Friday, issuing at least two pardons that will prevent the Pentagon from pursuing future charges against the individuals involved. Golsteyn told Hegseth. "That he's not going to be backed off by institutional elements of the DOD that are going to try to retain their ability to do certain things and force outcomes and weaponize the military justice process and then hide behind process."It's just incredible to have somebody step up and be a leader", said Julie".

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