As good as the news was for former Special Forces member Eddie Gallagher when he was cleared of felony charges earlier this year, reports have surfaced that the former Navy SEAL’s rank is among several restorations and possible commutations of sentences related to the conflict in Afghanistan coming from the White House next week.
Fox News host Pete Hegseth said President Trump is expected to make an announcement in the next week about restoring the rank of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
Hegseth said on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning that he learned the news during a conversation with Trump over the weekend, and the actions by the president are expected to come before Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Fox News reported.
“It doesn’t have to be a pardon or a commutation,” Hegseth said. “It could be, but pardons and commutations imply guilt, that you’ve done something wrong and you need to be forgiven for that. The president, as the commander-in-chief, has a lot of latitude under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to dismiss a case or change a sentence. From what I understand, that is likely what will happen here shortly.”
In addition, a couple of Army officers convicted of felonies are expected to have their prison sentences commuted.
Hegseth had tweeted over the weekend saying that “imminent action” would take place in the cases of Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance and Army Major Matt Golsteyn, and confirmed Monday that Gallagher was among those considerations as well.
Lorance and Golsteyn face murder charges in separate instances of killing Taliban militants.
Lorance was sentenced to 20 years in prison for giving an order to kill two suspected Taliban militants while in Afghanistan in July 2012. Lorance believed the two militants to be scouts that were previously identified by a military pilot.
Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder and faces court martial in December for his admitted killing of a Taliban militant while in Afghanistan in February 2010. Golsteyn believed the militant to be a bomb maker responsible for killing several men in his unit.
Sad when those in the theater of war have the manner of killing the enemy questioned.