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Sunday, April 18, 2021

White House considers pardons for troops facing war crime accusations | Military Times

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President Donald Trump may pardon multiple former U.S. service members accused or convicted of war crimes during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend celebrations, according to anonymous officials who spoke with the New York Times this weekend.

The New York Times reported that other individuals being vetted for some form of clemency include Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, an Army Green Beret accused of killing an unarmed Afghan in 2010, and a group of Marine Corps snipers charged with urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011.

Department of Justice officials have not commented on the reports.

The issue of former troops facing legal consequences for actions during combat has been hotly debated on Capitol Hill and within the veterans community in recent years. Gallagher has seen significant support from several conservative House members who call his prosecution an unjust second-guessing of the confusion and chaos of the battlefield.

 

Source: White House considers pardons for troops facing war crime accusations | Military Times

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