It was expected that the third member involved, the former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance is dismissed Friday night from the US military barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013 and sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to fire on three men in Afghanistan.
It was not immediately clear whether Lorance would receive a full pardon or be sentenced to prison. Shortened by commutation.
The phone calls were made at the end of a day that was dominated by hearings against Trump and after days of efforts by some senior Pentagon officials to change his mind, according to three US officials. The officials, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said some commanders had expressed concerns that Trump's actions would undermine the military justice system.
Other US officials and supporters of service members involved said they would put the president's wishes into effect The military justice system should not be difficult. In general, commanders oversee the process in the chain of command of the military, with Trump at the head of that system acting as commander-in-chief.
In all three cases, lawyers for the service members had blown up the Pentagon for handling cases that accurately described what they saw as questionable acts by prosecutors and investigators. Their cases have been frequently mentioned in the conservative media in recent months as they also prepared cases for the president behind the scenes.
Golsteyn, who was no longer awarded a silver star for bravery in Afghanistan but was subjected to years of investigation and investigation, court-martial in 201
0 death of a suspected bomb maker in the same operation, said in a statement that his family "deeply grateful" for Trump's action, and that they have lived in "constant fear of this runaway persecution" by the army.
"Thanks to President Trump, we now have the opportunity to rebuild our family and our lives," said Golsteyn. "Over time, I hope to regain my immense pride in serving in our military, and in the meantime, we are so grateful to support family members, friends, and supporters from across the nation and our legal department."
Gallagher lawyer Tim Parlatore said his client had received a call from the president with Vice President Pence.
"He told Eddie that he was certainly watching the case, and that this was certainly the right thing to do in view of his years of service," said Parlatore. "The President was well acquainted with the prosecution's wrongdoing in the case. I think that certainly plays a role in his decision. "