KNX In-Depth VIDEO: Trump May Pardon Former US Military Members Accused of War Crimes on Memorial Day

Ameera Butt
May 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm
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(KNX 1070) - President Donald Trump may be pardoning several former U.S. military members accused or convicted of committing war crimes on Memorial Day.

The White House has been asking for paperwork and case reviews for several soldiers.

One of the men is Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs, who is accused of killing a teen Islamic State fighter in his care and then posed with the corpse including at his reenlistment ceremony. He is also accused of shooting two people in Iraq in 2017 and opening fire on crowds.

He's pleaded not guilty to all the charges. 

The news of this was reported Saturday.

Paul Rieckhoff, the host of the "Angry Americans" podcast, Army war veteran & founder of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, joined KNX In-Depth Monday afternoon and says "beyond the specifics of the individual cases, I think there is a really dangerous precedent that's concerning most veterans I've spoken to and most active duty military."

"This doesn't really respect the military. The military has a rule of law. The military has a uniform code of military justice. It has courts, it has judges and they find conclusions and sometimes folks are convicted of war crimes," he said.

"People in the military are right now concerned and this means 'you don't trust us.' You don't trust us to handle our own situations and some of the most extreme situations could include war crimes," he said.

He said six other Navy SEALS have in Gallagher's unit have testified against him and have asked for immunity. He said the SEALS are saying 'this is a bad guy and he did a bad thing and he should be held accountable."

He said they haven't even gone to trial. He said Memorial Day is coming up and it's a day to reflect on the people we've lost.

He said the rest of the world is watching and the world should trust American soldiers and look at them as good guys.

In March, Trump said Gallagher would be moved to less restrictive confinement as he awaits trial.

Trump said in a tweet that the move was in honor of Gallagher's past service to the country.