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Trump Pardons 3 Soldiers Accused or Convicted of War Crimes

HeadlineNov 18, 2019

President Trump has pardoned three U.S. servicemembers who have been accused or convicted of war crimes. Clint Lorance had been serving a 19-year murder sentence in the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for ordering soldiers to open fire on unarmed Afghan motorcyclists in 2012. He walked free from prison on Friday night after Trump’s pardon. Mathew Golsteyn was facing murder charges related to the 2010 killing of an unarmed Afghan man. He reportedly told CIA interviewers he had shot the man and then destroyed his body in a burn pit on the military base. Trump also restored the rank of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who had been accused of multiple war crimes, including shooting two Iraqi civilians and fatally stabbing a captive teenager in the neck. A California jury acquitted him of murder charges in July but convicted him of a lesser offense.

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