Jerry Golsteyn, father of Green Beret Matthew Golsteyn, couldn’t be more excited that President Donald Trump is considering a review of his son’s case.
As IJR previously reported, Matthew Golsteyn has been charged with murder for killing a Taliban bombmaker while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. According to the military’s investigation into the incident, the bombmaker was not on a kill list provided to Golsteyn, even though he was a known Taliban agent.
In 2016, Golsteyn was cleared of any wrongdoing in the killing, but the case has since been reopened.
According to a statement given to Fox News by U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer:
“Major Matthew Golsteyn’s immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him. Major Golsteyn has been charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.”
Still, Trump has vowed to look into the charges against Golsteyn.
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
Golsteyn’s father, Jerry, spoke to Fox News about the president’s decision to review the case.
“I’m all for it. I think last time I checked, he’s the commander-in-chief. If he feels that something is not going as it should go, I’m more than happy to get him in there and look at the situation and make decisions. Absolutely.”
At the time of the killing, Golsteyn was serving under former President Barack Obama’s rules for engagement. Jerry claims those restrictive rules place more Americans at risk.
“He’s doing this for the many, many soldiers that are in a similar situation that he is. Whether they’re in prison right now or being brought up on charges, a lot of it has to do with the rules of engagement.”
Trump made a similiar criticism in 2013.
We continue to lose our nation’s finest in Afghanistan almost daily. The Rules of Engagement are costing lives.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2013
Though it isn’t clear what Trump’s review will entail or if Golsteyn will be pardoned for the bombmaker’s death, it is clear that the president did not agree with the rules of engagement that Golsteyn breached while serving in Afghanistan.