Trump announces pardons for US soldiers accused of war crimes

Trump announces pardons for US soldiers accused of war crimes
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  • calendar-gray 16 November 2019

US President Donald Trump has moved to issue at least two pardons to US military service members involved in multiple cases associated with charges of war crimes, APA reports citing Sputnik International

The commander-in-chief granted Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn and Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance clemency and restored the rank of Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward Gallagher early Friday evening, according to the Washington Post.

Golsteyn's lawyer, Phillip Stackhouse, told the Post that his client would receive a full pardon in his murder trial that stems from the 2010 death of a suspected Taliban bombmaker. The investigation was initially launched in 2011 after the service member disclosed during a CIA polygraph that he murdered someone and torched their body while deployed. 

"We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" Trump said of Golsteyn on Twitter last month. 

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