Wife of Former Green Beret Accused of War Crimes Calls Possible Trump Pardon ‘Only Way’ for ‘Justice’

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To the wife of former U.S. Army green beret Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, President Donald Trump weighing a pardon for her husband is the only way for justice.

The president is reportedly expected to pardon several service members, who are accused or charged with war crimes for Memorial Day on May 27, sources told The New York Times.

The U.S. Army recently announced the decision to take former Maj. Golsteyn’s case to trial — as he has not yet been to trial — over accusations of premeditated murder. His wife Julie Golsteyn told The Washington Examiner, “The people in charge have shown zero ability to make a sensible decision in Matt’s case [eight] years ago.”

The former green beret allegedly killed an Afghan man in 2010 — later talking about it during CIA polygraph interview, opening a two-year investigation by the Army. Then during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier in October 2016, the Fox host asked if Golsteyn had killed the Afghan man, which he responded, “Yes” — resulting in the Army reopening the case.

If Trump does choose to pardon the former green beret, Golsteyn said they’d be “very pleased,” saying it’s “the only way Matt will get justice.”

“My husband is heartbroken that the stewardship of the institution that he loves and has given so much to service has become riddled with corruption at the highest levels,” she added.

Trump previously expressed concern for “‘U.S. military hero'” former Maj. Golesteyn, saying he was looking into the case in December of 2018.

As IJR Red reported, the president doesn’t have the complete support on the pardons by some Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who said the case should be decided in the court before a pardon is issued.

“These cases should be decided by the courts, where the entirety of the evidence can be viewed,” Crenshaw said. “Only after that should a pardon be considered.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called Trump’s possible pardoning a “terrible idea” and “unthinkable.”

Saying she’d have “some issues” over the pardons, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) added that she wants to also “make sure we’re doing the right thing for servicemembers as well.”

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Connie Christianson

The major was doing his job! Please pardon him!


For Pete sake, if they haven’t completed a trial for an 8 year old offense, it’s their own fault! I think this war hero has endured enough!!


The Afghan man was a terrorist bombmaker… pardon Maj. Golsteyn!


I agree that it should be heard by a court first.


Good old Romney, trashing the President once again. Gearing up for 2020, Romney can’t decide what exactly his platform will be other than bash Trump. Sounds like a RINO to me.


What Mitt Romney think is similar to wonder if AOC thinks.
Romney is a RINO.


What do I think??? I think it has been a long time for this to hang over the head of one of our best. Why was the investigation dropped and then opened when he responded to a question before cameras asking him if he killed the man? He obviously felt the investigation exonerated him and he was safe in telling the truth. What different evidence do they think will be forthcoming now? Obviously the accused felt it was a justified killing, since he answered in the affirmative when asked on camera.

J. Scott Brown
J. Scott Brown

As a former US Army JAG officer, it bears emphasizing that “military justice” is to “justice” what “military music” is to “music”.

Were I to have the privilege of advising the President in his role as Commander-in-Chief, I would encourage him to issue the Pardon, now, without further ado.

Any citizen sent into combat deserves the benefit of the doubt in such cases. It is for the President to decide, not a cadre of officers whose views of ‘justice’ may be skewered by ‘command influence’, howsoever “subtle”.

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