Donald Trump clearly does not respect the rule of law. When the Democrats requested documents and personnel from the White House, POTUS blew them off. Then, he commanded both previous and current administration members to ignore the House’s subpoenas. Of course, that could get these people fines and jail sentences of up to five years. The president has spent his entire life cutting corners, refusing to pay contractors or repay loans. That has been Trump’s lawless way of leading this nation, so this may come as no surprise.
Trump just pardoned a convicted killer. Former Army Ranger Michael Behenna, formerly of the 101st Airborne Division, was tried and convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner in 2009. He killed a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist named Ali Mansur, according to ABC News.
The soldier claimed that he killed Mansur in self-defense, but he did admit that he had disobeyed orders. He was supposed to take Mansour back to his village after he was questioned by military intelligence about an explosion that killed two U.S. soldiers.
During the trial, the Ranger admitted that he disobeyed orders to return Mansour to his village after he was released from military intelligence and questioned. Instead, Behenna stripped Mansour naked and interrogated him. Then, he shot the man twice.
The 35-year-old was sentenced to 25 years in prison on the charge of “unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.” Then, in 2014 Behenna received parole.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a written statement:
‘Dozens of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders met Mr. Behenna to escort him back to his home in Oklahoma. Behenna’s case has attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public” and he was a “model prisoner.”‘
Behenna released this statement:
‘Although this is a time of great joy for my family, we as a country must never forget Adam Kohlhaas and Steven Christofferson (the soldiers killed in the explosion) and all those who gave their lives in service of this great nation. They represent the finest of our society, and their families will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.’