Donald Trump pardons three soldiers in war crimes cases

US President Donald Trump pardoned three armed service members Friday, who were were accused or convicted of war crimes.

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.

The president also cancelled murder charges against Major Mathew L. Golsteyn, an Army Special Forces officer whose trial was set to begin next month. 

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.

Trump reversed the demotion of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher (pictured with his family from a social media post made Friday). The Navy SEAL was acquitted of murder, but convicted on a lesser charge in a war crimes case this summer

Trump reversed the demotion of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher (pictured with his family from a social media post made Friday). The Navy SEAL was acquitted of murder, but convicted on a lesser charge in a war crimes case this summer

Trump reversed the demotion of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher (pictured with his family from a social media post made Friday). The Navy SEAL was acquitted of murder, but convicted on a lesser charge in a war crimes case this summer

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

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

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

The clemency granted defied rulings made by military leaders seeking to punish the service members, all who also had been favorites among conservatives who see them as heroes who should not have been prosecuted.

A court-martial for Golsteyn had been scheduled for December at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but was postponed until February.

The former Green Beret is accused of killing a suspected bomb-maker while deployed in Afghanistan. Golsteyn has argued that the Afghan was a legal target because of his behavior at the time of the shooting.

The case attracted Trump’s attention. He tweeted that Golsteyn is a “U.S. Military hero” who could face the death penalty “from our own government.”

Trump also issued a full pardon late Friday for Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and ordered a promotion for Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Edward R. Gallagher.

 

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