President Trump issues pardons to Eddie Gallagher, two USA soldiers

Lt. Clint Lorance thanks President Trump

Lt. Clint Lorance thanks President Trump

The third, Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, stabbed a wounded enemy fighter in the neck with a hunting knife and posed with the corpse.

Lieutenant Lorance was jailed for 19 years after he ordered his men to open fire on three men in 2012 in which two people were killed.

"For more than two hundred years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country", said White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham in a statement released late Friday.

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

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Final 12 months, Golsteyn, an Military Inexperienced Beret, was charged with murdering an Afghan man throughout a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.

After stating that he is "actually proud of everything that happened to me", Lorance received the full-hearted backing from co-host Ainsley Earhardt, who remarked that the president's "timing is flawless because next week is Thanksgiving" before asking her guest to directly speak to Trump via Fox News's cameras: "If the president is watching, what do you want to say to him?"

In a statement, Maher said his client will be looking toward the future.

"Our family is profoundly grateful for the president's action".

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Co-host Pete Hegseth praised Lorance's comments to the president as "well said", while an emotional Earhardt concluded by thanking the convicted war criminal for "serving our country" and co-host Steve Doocy agreed that the story makes him want to cry. Earlier this week, the Army announced that the start of his case, expected to begin in early December, had been pushed back to February.

The loss of rank from a chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer would eventually cost Gallagher, a loss of up to $200,000 in retirement funds. And so I think they lose some of their values. "This undermines everything we have stood for - all my years of service goes up in smoke because we have a dictator who has no respect for the rule of law nor what we stand for".

Trump received mixed reactions for his decision to pardon the men, with critics saying that the decision sends a message of disrespect for the law and military justice system.

"So I'd say first of all that we have a very effective military justice system, I have great faith in the military justice system, our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are trained from day one about the laws of armed conflict and how to conduct themselves during wartime", Esper said in a response to a reporter's question about the President's actions on Friday.

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Esper later confirmed that on Tuesday he had "a robust discussion" with Trump about letting the cases play out in the military justice system.

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