In the short time that Mr. Trump has been president, he has accumulated a large laundry list of destructive actions that have tarnished the presidency and are resulting in the crumbling of this country.
it seems that the next item on his dirty laundry list may be to pardon military members accused or convicted of war crimes.
According to The New York Times:
‘President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.’
Officials had said that the Trump administration made expedited requests this week for paperwork needed to pardon the troops on or around Memorial Day.
The Times reported:
‘One request is for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs, who is scheduled to stand trial in the coming weeks on charges of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive with a knife while deployed in Iraq.’
The officials, who anonymously spoke, said they had not seen a complete list and did not know if other service members were included in the list for pardon paperwork.
According to The Times:
‘The White House sent requests on Friday to the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney, which alerted the military branches, according to one senior military official. Pardon files include background information and details on criminal charges, and in many cases include letters describing how the person in question has made amends.’
It normally takes months to complete pardon files but the Justice Department stressed that they needed to be done by Memorial Day weekend in time for Trump to pardon the men then.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the matter. The Times reported:
‘Mr. Trump has often bypassed traditional channels in granting pardons and wielded his power freely, sometimes in politically charged cases that resonate with him personally, such as the conviction of the former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Earlier this month, the president pardoned former Army First Lt. Michael Behenna, who had been convicted of killing an Iraqi during an interrogation in 2008.’
This seems to be a strong sign of Mr. Trump’s plans although he has been known to change his mind. According to The Times:
‘But most of the troops who are positioned for a pardon have been championed by conservative lawmakers and media organizations, such as Fox News, which have portrayed them as being unfairly punished for trying to do their job.’
It is possible that this could set a dangerous precedent. The Times reported:
‘Pardoning several accused and convicted war criminals at once, including some who have not yet gone to trial, has not been done in recent history, legal experts said. Some worried that it could erode the legitimacy of military law and undercut good order and discipline in the ranks.’
Trump seems to do whatever he pleases these days though with little regard for ethics or morality or the country he is supposed to be serving.
Here’s what Twitter thought about Trump’s plans:
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