We wrote about the possibility earlier in the month that President Trump would grant clemency to Matthew Golsteyn and Clint Lorance, with a restoration of rank to Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. He did it. The announcement was made Friday night.
L-R: Clint Lorance, Matthew Golsteyn, Eddie Gallagher
“Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, and an order directing the promotion of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward R. Gallagher to the grade of E-7, the rank he held before he was tried and found not guilty of nearly all of the charges against him.” White House statement 11-15-2019
The President, as Commander in Chief, is part of the Military Justice system and has authority to intervene in these situations. He spoke at length with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper prior to the decision.
Gallagher’s reaction, posted on Instagram:
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