US President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon three service members accused or convicted of war crimes was influenced by outsiders, including “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth over top military officials, The Washington Post reports.
Trump had already made his decision by the time military leaders spoke with him, according to the Post, after having seen Hegseth champion an Army officer accused of murdering an Afghan man.
Trump “doesn’t seem to have a great deal of actual respect for professional expertise,” constitutional law professor at Cardozo School of Law and national security expert Deborah Pearlstein previously told Insider, despite his declared love for the military.
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President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon three warfighters accused or convicted of war crimes went against the advice of his top military officials, relying instead on the advice of outsiders, including Fox News personality Pete Hegseth, The Washington Post reports.
Military officials, including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy both spoke with the president and attempted to convince him to let the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), the judicial system under which SEAL Eddie Gallagher and Army Lt. Clint Lorance were tried, run its course and let their convictions stand — or, in the case of Green Beret Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, let him be tried in the first place.
But, the Washington Post reports, it was the intervention of outsiders, including “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth, that convinced Trump to grant clemency in the controversial cases. Indeed, Trump in his Oct. 12 tweet announcing a review of Golsteyn’s case tagged the Fox host’s Twitter account, “@PeteHegseth.”
The case of Major Mathew Golsteyn is now under review at the White House. Mathew is a …read more
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