Lawmakers Press President to Pardon Combat Veterans
Say the men are heroes and not war criminals
Representatives Duncan Hunter of California and Louie Gohmert of Texas have called for presidential action to throw out war crimes charges against three military combat veterans.
"The three brave Americans who stepped forward to defend our country are: former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, former Army Green Beret Maj. Matt Golsteyn, and former Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher," they noted.
The congressmen pointed out that President Trump said he is keen to act on the cases before Veterans Day, which is Monday.
“Every commonsense, patriotic American would undoubtedly celebrate the dismissal of all the charges against Lorance, Golsteyn and Gallagher.” They noted reports that said “Pentagon leaders believe presidential intervention would be ‘damaging to the integrity of the military judicial system.’”
The two legislators wrote, “What these Washington elites fail to acknowledge is that the military justice system has neglected our nation’s warriors time and time again. President Trump’s instincts to act on their behalf are further proof of his tireless commitment to our rank-and-file men and women in uniform.”
“These three men are American heroes who have been accused of crimes during combat far from our shores, when they were risking their lives on behalf of the rest of us here at home.” They added, “The three deserve our gratitude and thanks.”
Others, including decorated Navy veteran and Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas, feel “the cases should be decided by the courts.”
- For President Trump and wisdom in his response to the calls of the congressmen regarding the three accused military men.
- About actions taken in the “fog of war” by combat personnel and how they should be judged.