by Countable | Updated on 12.18.18
“Citizens and soldiers are innocent until proven guilty. It would be the height of irony to deny a combat veteran the constitutional rights that he so bravely fought for.”
“You are never allowed to summarily execute prisoners. Very few rules in war are black and white. But this one is.”
Should Trump pardon Maj. Mathew Golsteyn? Take action above and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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he confessed to the murder of a suspect, in addition to insubordination, which makes him a murderer. Despite his level of patriotism, he disobeyed his superiors, perverted the course and final judgment of the justice system that decided that the man be freed, and confessed to it all. I firmly stand on the notion that the president should not intervene in this matter any further.
No question. Pardon this hero and reinstate his SF tab and Silver Star. This guy saved lives through his actions. He should be congratulated.
I don’t know enough about this to render a decision. Though, if reports are correct and he murdered a terrorist in custody, he violated the UCMJ and international law. If that’s the case, he deserves to be punished. //signed// Chris Breseman 100% USAF DAV
No, but then again, I JUST DON’T WANT TRUMP to DO ANYTHING!!!
No I don’t want the officer pardoned. Moreover, I don’t want Trump our commander in Chief making statements about an ongoing case - he’s in charge of the UCMJ process although he needs to follow law. Making statements about an ongoing case obstructs Justice and places a chilling effect on the UCMJ process. I see his statements as highly irregular; completely unnecessary; highly disrespectful of the law and the military UCMJ process; obstructing justice by undermining and assuming he knows best based upon here say. I would have been fine if he wanted to review the case “after” an outcome by the military legal system (UCMJ). However, it’s now too late because of his asinine, hip shooting, Cowboy statements. My apologies of course to cowboys. By the way I am a retired military Veteran with over 30 years service. The Presidents pardon powers do not start before the trial. He has no authority to nullify a court proceeding.
If Bowe Bergdahl could get traded back by Obama giving up 5 Taliban fighters after Bowe deserted, if Chelsea Manning can get pardoned after peaking classified information, then this hero should definitely get pardoned for killing a Taliban bomb maker.
If the facts are as he claims, of course. His job was to kill terrorists and he did it. If however, he killed a POW in cold blood he should be held responsible unlike the traitor whose sentence was commuted by Obama or the deserter that got a pass from the military courts.
Has he already been convicted?!? You can’t pardon someone of a crime before they are convicted.
The president is not part of the judiciary.
“You are never allowed to summarily execute prisoners. Very few rules in war are black and white. But this one is.” NO-ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
Trump needs to butt out. Heck how many Navy Seals did he have die on his watch & his FAILED MISSION? HE HAS ALSO HAD THE AUDACITY TO BERATE THE SEAK THAT GOT OSAMA BIN LADEN. TRUMP NEEDS TO RESIGN BEFORE FURTHER DETRIMENT TO "OUR COUNTRY" OR MY FAVORED OPTION INDICT HIM & OFF TO PRISON FOR MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS
Summarily execution makes us just as low as the enemy we are fighting. To then try and hide the body is criminal intent, he deserves Leavenworth for that. And he put other Americans deployed at risk for retribution. We are better than that. Duty, honor, and commitment isn’t just a saying. He broke the faith.....
If he was found Guilty in a court marshal it would be counter to the good order and discipline of the armed services.
Give that man a medal, a promotion and a parade!
Here is someone has a track record for killing detained combatants. Medals stripped from him for similar previous actions. There is a military judicial system for a reason. That reason is not for a political stunt for Donald to try to retain the last of his base before they see the quickening coming January 2019. Have a Mueller Christmas everyone!
A confessed murderer should never be pardoned. Full stop.
No one is above the law and our military must be held to a high standard. They’re considered hero’s because of the standard they represent. Justice should always prevail. Not revenge, not emotions, but justice.
The President should not be meddling in the judicial process. Aside from that though, the murder was unjustified on its face. I don’t care if you have Hitler himself as a POW, you don’t kill prisoners, especially against the order of a commanding officer.
If he is guilty of murdering some in custody, he must serve his sentence. Otherwise, who are we?
Trump needs to stay out of it. The the system do its job.
With respect for his service and his intent to protect the country, he is not above the law, and endorsing his action opens the door to limitless abuse. Trump's words and actions in this defy law and only play to his base.