Well how’s this for a fantastic way to start the week, especially in the run-up to Veteran’s Day.
Fox News today reported that President Trump is going to take “imminent action” on the cases of Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, Army Green Beret Maj. Matt Golsteyn and former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
Fox News' Pete Hegseth reported Monday morning that he had personally spoken to the president over the weekend, and the president was keen to act before Veterans Day on November 11.
Hegseth said Trump - who ordered the review of the charges against Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Army Green Beret Maj. Matt Goldsteyn - will be meeting with Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy about the cases and an announcement could come within a week.
"It doesn't have to be a pardon or a commutation," Hegseth said. "It could be, but pardons and commutations imply guilt, that you've done something wrong and you need to be forgiven for that. The president, as the commander-in-chief, has a lot of latitude under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to dismiss a case or change a sentence. From what I understand, that is likely what will happen here shortly."
Regarding Gallagher, Hegseth said Trump wants to get the former SEAL rank restored.
As we reported here, Gallagher was acquitted of murder in July, but convicted on a lesser (but still felonious charge) of taking a photo with a dead ISIS fighter. A Navy judge reviewed his case and decided to uphold the original sentence, but disapproved the automatic reduction in rate to E-1. So as of last week, Gallagher was stuck as an E-6, rather than Chief Petty Officer, which means he’d lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in lifetime retirement pay.
We certainly hope Trump restores his rank, but frankly, the bogus charge should be dropped too, considering the very picture where Gallagher is pictured with the dead terrorist also includes a bunch of his platoon mates who were curiously not charged or reprimanded for doing the exact same thing.
Lorance is serving a 20-year sentence for ordering his men to shoot two suspected Taliban scouts. The scouts matched the descriptions a pilot had given earlier of scouts he’d spotted. After no weapons were found on the bodies, Lorance was charged. However, the prosecution disallowed exculpatory evidence in the trial indicating the scouts just happened to be Taliban bombmakers.
In Goldsteyn’s case, he was charged with premeditated murder in 2010 after he killed a suspected militant. (Bear in mind, killing bad guys was what he was sent to do). An initial investigation by the Army found insufficient evidence to charge him.
But that didn’t stop the do-gooders in the Army from trying to ruin Goldsteyn’s life anyway. They opened a second investigation in 2016 and charged him in December of 2018. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Trump has already made clear his opinion on Goldsteyn’s case, and he may soon put that into action, according to Hegseth.
It is despicable that these cases have dragged on as long as they have, made possible by lawyers who’ve never been on the battlefield, and never had to make split second decisions in the heat of war.
This will be an amazing victory if Trump does take action on all these warriors’ cases this week, and reverses the miscarriage of justice they’ve all had to endure.
No wonder the Deep State hates him.