President Donald Trump sent the Department of Justice’s Office of the Pardon Attorney a request on Friday for paperwork on a list of service members accused of war crimes, which he is apparently weighing pardons for, according to The New York Times.
Among those who were part of the requests include U.S. Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who is charged with killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war and killing unarmed civilians while in Iraq, and faces trial set on May 28.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) — who’s been working with Gallagher’s case — previously told The Associated Press, “I don’t trust the Navy to give him a fair trial, but I think with all of the focus on this case that he stands more of a chance of getting a fair trial now.”
According to the Times, other members who may be among those pardoned:
“[…] include the case of a former Blackwater security contractor recently found guilty in the deadly 2007 shooting of dozens of unarmed Iraqis; the case of Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, the Army Green Beret accused of killing an unarmed Afghan in 2010; and the case of a group of Marine Corps snipers charged with urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters.”
Crenshaw — a former Navy SEAL — told The National Review that Trump shouldn’t rush to pardon the American military members accused or convicted of war crimes.
“These cases should be decided by the courts, where the entirety of the evidence can be viewed,” he said. “Only after that should a pardon be considered.”
Two anonymous officials told the Times that Trump is looking to speed-up the pardoning process so that he can pardon the service members on Memorial Day on May 27.