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 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.
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
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.”