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Trump to Review Special Forces Officer's Murder Charge

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By    |   Sunday, 16 December 2018 02:10 PM

A former U.S. Special Forces officer faces a murder charge and the death penalty for killing a suspected Taliban bombmaker in February 2010, but President Donald Trump vowed to review the case for potential presidential clemency or pardon, The Washington Post reported.

"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," Trump tweeted Sunday. "He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews."

Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn will face one charge of murder after the conclusion of a military investigation into a case where he  confessed during a polygraph test as part of a CIA job interview to killing the suspected bombmaker in February 2010, according to the Post.

Just mentioning Maj. Golsteyn's case is problematic, according to the report, because "doing so is considered unlawful command influence and can result in cases being thrown out."

Golsteyn's case was previously dropped in 2014, before being reopened in 2016 after a Fox News appearance where he claimed to have killed a detained bombmaker "out of fear that the bombmaker would target Afghans helping U.S. troops if he were let go."

"CPT Golsteyn stated he had no qualms about what he did because he couldn't have lived with himself if [the suspected bombmaker] killed another Soldier or Marine," an Army investigator's summary of Golsteyn’s polygraph test said, per the Post.

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A former U.S. Special Forces officer faces a murder charge and the death penalty for killing a suspected Taliban bombmaker in February 2010, but President Donald Trump vowed to review the case for potential presidential clemency or pardon, The Washington Post reported."At...
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