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Trump's pardons to serviceman raise fears that laws of war don't apply


November 19, 2019

Andrew Craft – Associated Press

Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, a former Army Special Forces soldier, left the Fort Bragg courtroom facility on June 27 with his civilian lawyer, Phillip Stackhouse, right, after an arraignment hearing. President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and for a former Army lieutenant who had been convicted of murder after he ordered his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two, the White House announced late Friday.

Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance changed out of the drab inmate's uniform he had worn for six years Friday and left the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas a free man. He arrived minutes later at a nearby hotel, where his family swallowed him in a group embrace, crying tears of joy.

"I want to say thank you to President Trump," he said amid a throng of well-wishers. "And I want the rest of the country to do that, too."


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