BREAKING: Trump to take “imminent action” on Lorance, Goldsteyn and Gallagher cases
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.
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Looking back on this, I hope you all have remorse for supporting a convicted murderer (Lorance) plus you own an apology to all of the soldiers that were involved that day. Also, the helicopter pilot testified thet she didn’t show up until after the men had been killed. And no, there was no “exculpatory evidence” showing that the men who were murdered “just happened to be Taliban bombmakers”. They were innocent men and they didn’t deserve to be murdered in cold blood.
President Trump, please release these HEROES! They did what they were trained to do! This ridiculous charade needs to stop! I voted for you because I knew you would take care of the military! God bless you!
these soldiers were doing what they were trained to….and that is to protect us from the evil of the so called bad guys……how can a jury or a high ranking official say it could have been prevented !!!!!!!! It was either their life or that of their fellow soldiers …..these idiots who make that decision should have been out front in the first place leading their men/women and making decisions on who should live and who should die…you can bet those leaders would have saved their asses first instead of letting the enemy make that choice for them
I have some thought about the Gallagher case. Chief Gallagher was an E-8 selectee and slated for a silver star before all these false allegations were made. The 1 charge he was convicted for was typically handled within the command. Why is there not a push to have Chief Gallagher restored to where he was prior to these bogus allegations? By this time he would have been a senior chief instead of a selectee had these allegation never occurred. The president should restore his rank and advance him to senior chief. He should also be presented the silver star he was slated to receive. Nothing changed regarding the reason he was to receive the silver star.
Restore all rank and privileges, advance their ranks and dismiss any negative records. We need an aggressive military.
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