The wife of Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, the former Green Beret accused of the 2010 murder of a Taliban bomb-maker, said that a pardon from President Trump “would end the eight year long nightmare” her husband has been living since being investigated.
Julie Golsteyn was speaking to the Washington Examiner after reports Trump is reviewing several high-profile military criminal cases for potential pardons on Memorial Day. The Army announced last week it would take Golsteyn’s case to trial by court-martial on charges of premeditated murder.
“I was disappointed, but not surprised,” she said. “The people in charge have shown zero ability to make a sensible decision in Matt’s case [eight] years ago. We didn’t expect them to start now or ever — it is win at all costs for them. We can only expect lies and subterfuge at every step.”
She slammed the Army for pursuing charges against Golsteyn, 38, after he spoke about the incident during a 2011 job interview with the CIA. Golsteyn had been awarded a Silver Star for his bravery in 2010 but was stripped of it, along with a Special Forces tab, in 2015.