Trump wants convicted or charged war criminals on the campaign trail with him, report says

President Donald Trump is considering inviting US troops who were convicted or accused of war crimes to join him on the 2020 campaign trail, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

The outlet spoke with two sources who said they overheard Trump saying he wanted former US Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, former US Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, or Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher to participate in his rallies.

One source told The Daily Beast: “He briefly discussed making it a big deal at the convention.”

Lorance was convicted of ordering soldiers to engage three unarmed Afghan men and was sentenced to 19 years in prison; Golsteyn was accused of killing an unarmed Afghan man in 2010, and his trial had not yet begun; and Gallagher was convicted of posing with a corpse of a dead Islamic State fighter and was acquitted of other more serious charges.

On November 15, Trump intervened in all three cases, granting clemency to Lorance and Golsteyn and reversing a decision to demote Gallagher against the advice of military officials.

Article URL : https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-wants-pardoned-convicted-war-criminal-on-campaign-trail-report-2019-11

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