Donald Trump issues pardons in United States war crimes cases

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Lorance was released from the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, just before 10:30 p.m. local time Friday. The military required Rasoul's release after the maximum time of detention without charges, so Golsteyn let him go, and ambushed and murdered him outside the base.

In the White House statement, press secretary Grisham underscored the notion that Trump will have the last word on military justice.

President Trump also reversed the demotion of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who was convicted of posing with the corpse of an enemy combatant in Iraq.

Gallagher was found not guilty of murdering an ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 but was convicted for posing in a photo with a dead ISIS fighter. "These actions are in keeping with this long history", she said.

The second pardon went to 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who had been convicted of murder for ordering his soldiers to fire upon three unarmed Afghan men in July 2012, killing two.

Lorance received his sentence in 2013 after being convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for ordering his platoon to gun down a group of unarmed civilians in Afghanistan, but the White House announced that Trump is granting "mercy" to the soldier from Texas, along with two other service members accused of war crimes.

In a statement Friday, Golsteyn said his family is "profoundly grateful" for Trump's pardon. Thanks to the president, that there would be no such scenario for Gallagher.

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", we train them find out how to be nice fighters, after which after they battle typically they get actually handled very unfairly". "We have now lived in fixed worry of this runaway prosecution", Golsteyn mentioned in an announcement.

"The Uniform Code of Military Justice ensures good order and discipline for uniformed service members while holding accountable those who violate its provisions".

BOWMAN: Well, the president praised all three - again, Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance, Army Major Matt Golsteyn and Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. With time, I hope to regain my vast pride in having served in our military. The White House statement said they wanted to give U.S. soldiers the "confidence to fight".

As the commander-in-chief, Trump has the authority to issue pardons, even before the completion of a trial, according to Eugene Fidell, a military justice lecturer at Yale Law School and a former US Coast Guard judge advocate.

Trump and the White House have been mulling over the decision for months, according to multiple news reports.

"Using this utterly shameful use of atomic powers, Trump has delivered a clear message of disrespect for law, morality, the military justice system, and also those from the army who perish by the laws of war", Hina Shamsi, manager of the ACLU's Nationwide Safety Mission, said in a statement. "In the meantime, we are so thankful for the support of family members, friends and supporters from around the nation, and our legal team".

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