WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has issued a full pardon for a former U.S. Army Green Beret being charged with murder, undermining military justice proceedings.
A court-martial for Maj. Mathew 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 former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance — who is serving a 19-year sentence stemming from a second-degree murder conviction in 2013 — and ordered a promotion for Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Edward R. Gallagher, who was demoted from Chief after a court martial found him guilty of posing with the corpse of an enemy combatant.
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