President Donald Trump is reportedly weighing a pardon for Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher and other service members accused of war crimes.
The New York Times reported Saturday that the White House has requested the paperwork needed to move forward quickly with the pardons, perhaps as soon as Memorial Day.
When he was campaigning for the Presidency, Trump expressed support for “tougher” interrogation tactics than waterboarding and suggested targeting the families of terrorists.
Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, faces a court-martial for allegedly stabbing a teenage ISIS prisoner to death in Iraq and shooting at Iraqi civilians. The 19-year Navy veteran is being held in the brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar while awaiting trial.
Trump has previously expressed concern for Gallagher and ordered him held in less restrictive confinement.
Earlier this month, the President pardoned former Army soldier Michael Behenna, who was sentenced to 25 years for killing a detainee he drove into the Iraqi desert and shot twice.
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