Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will urge Donald Trump not to reject or change the three judgments of three members of the service who are confronted with allegations of war crimes.
Reportedly, the president is considering intervening in the cases of the three soldiers before Veterans Day.
But Esper and senior military officials want to explain to Trump the seriousness of things before he makes a final decision, CNN reported.
Defense Minister Mark Esper will urge Donald Trump not to reject or change the three verdicts of three members of the service who are confronted with allegations of war crimes
The Pentagon is preparing a package that President Trump must review before making a final decision in the cases of the three soldiers
And Esper will recommend that the president leave the results of military courts under the Uniform of Code of Justice.
To substantiate their argument, Pentagon officials are preparing a package for Trump to review because military leaders are concerned that the president does not understand the seriousness of the allegations, two officials told CNN.
The package gives details about each case and shows that the soldiers did not carry out patriotism.
But the military leaders will also recognize that Trump can do what he wants as a supreme commander.
Fox News & # 39 ;, said Pete Hegseth & # 39; Fox & Friends & # 39; Monday morning he had spoken with the president about the cases against Army 1st Lieutenant Clint Lorance, Army Green Beret Major Matt Golsteyn and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
& # 39; I was able to confirm yesterday from the President of the United States himself – the supreme commander – that action is imminent – especially the two cases of Clint Lorance and Matt Golsteyn and restoring the rank of Eddie Gallagher, & # 39 ; Hegseth announced.
President Donald Trump is considering intervening in the war crimes of three soldiers before Veterans Day
& # 39; This president acknowledged the injustice that we train someone to fight and kill the enemy and then he kills the enemy in a way that we don't like and we put them in prison or throw the book at them & # 39; said Hegseth. & # 39; With Veteran & # 39; s Day approaching, action is taking place at the presidential level. & # 39;
Veterans day is Monday.
Hegseth did not provide details about what action President Trump is taking in cases other than restoring the rank of Gallagher. Lorance was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for actions in Afghanistan and Golsteyn is being investigated for the murder of an Afghan man.
& # 39; It doesn't have to be a grace or commutation – it can only be a grace or commutation that brings feelings of guilt, & # 39; said Hegseth. & # 39; The President of the United States – according to the military code of conduct – has a lot of leeway to change a case or reject a case or change a punishment – and as far as I understand that will soon be possible. 39;
Lorance was a first US Army lieutenant found guilty in two counts of second-degree murder in August 2013 for ordering soldiers in his platoon to shoot two unarmed men on motorcycles in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in July 2012.
He was sentenced to 20 years in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Clint Lorance was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder
The men corresponded to the descriptions of suspected Taliban scouts.
Golsteyn, a West Point graduate, is accused of having executed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nine years ago.
He offered to have killed the man in 2011 during a job interview with the CIA. The army opened an investigation but did not accuse him, but instead he stripped the decorated combat veteran of a Silver Star and an elite Special Forces tab.
Matt Golsteyn is accused of killing a suspected Taliban bomb maker
Golsteyn was a guest at Fox News in November 2016 and Bret Baier asked if he had killed the suspected bomb maker. Golsteyn replied & # 39; yes & # 39 ;.
His admission resulted in the army reopening the case. He could face life in prison if he was convicted.
His case has attracted a lot of public attention – especially after Trump tweeted about it, and raised the question of the president's ability to get involved in an ongoing criminal investigation.
Trump tweeted in December last year that he was considering intervening in the Golsteyn case.
& # 39; At the request of many, I will take the case of a & # 39; U.S. Military hero, Major Matt Golsteyn, accused of murder. He could face the death penalty of our own government after admitting to murdering a terrorist bomb maker abroad. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews, & # 39; he wrote.
And Trump praised Golsteyn again in October.
& # 39; The case of Major Mathew Golsteyn is now being reviewed at the White House. Mathew is a very decorated green beret that is being tried for killing a Taliban bomber. We train our boys to kill machines and then prosecute them when they kill! @PeteHegseth, & # 39; he wrote.
Gallagher was accused of killing a 15-year-old ISIS hunter in 2017 and posing with the corpse for photos.
Eddie Gallagher was accused of killing a 15-year-old ISIS hunter, but only convicted of posing with the corpse for photos.
He was acquitted on almost all charges – including murder – but was found guilty in July 2019 of posing for a photo with a corpse.
He was relegated from Chief Petty Officer to Petty Officer First Class at a reduced wage.
Last week his family announced that they would ask President Trump for pardon.
Trump has also repeatedly tweeted about Gallagher and wrote in July when Gallagher was acquitted of murder: & congratulations to Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, his wonderful wife Andrea and his entire family. You've been through a lot together. Glad I can help! & # 39;
Trump helped Gallagher during the trial to & # 39; less restrictive detention & # 39; to get.