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Trump to investigate Murder case against former Green Berry who said he killed a prisoner: NPR

A former Army Green Beret officer awarded Silver Star, the country's third highest award for valor, for his actions in a hard 2010 battle in Marjah, Afghanistan, was announced last week, accused of the Army with premeditated murder. The officer is May. Mathew Golsteyn, a 2008 West Point candidate. The victim was an unguarded Afghan who Golsteyn suspected of being a Taliban fighter who made a bomb that killed two navy men from his unit in the Marjah fighting. Golsteyn said so much in an interview from October 2016 on Fox News. "Did you kill the Taliban bomber manufacturer?" Fox News Anchor Brett Baier asked the former Green Berry. "Yes," answered Golsteyn. Baier's question referred to a three-year Army investigation by Golsteyn, which began in 201 1, the same year, Golstein told the CIA about the killing during a polygraph test for a work interview. The initial Army Probe did not result in any formal charges against Golsteyn, but he abandoned his medal as well as his Special Forces tab and put extended leave. It was Golsteyn's public statement about foxes that led to the second Army investigation, a probe that now led him to be charged with murder. The case got a lot of attention over the weekend when it was discussed on Fox News's Fox and Friends morning show. It was also noted by President Trump, a regular viewer of Fox and Friends . "At the request of many, I will review the case of an American military…

A former Army Green Beret officer awarded Silver Star, the country’s third highest award for valor, for his actions in a hard 2010 battle in Marjah, Afghanistan, was announced last week, accused of the Army with premeditated murder.

The officer is May. Mathew Golsteyn, a 2008 West Point candidate. The victim was an unguarded Afghan who Golsteyn suspected of being a Taliban fighter who made a bomb that killed two navy men from his unit in the Marjah fighting.

Golsteyn said so much in an interview from October 2016 on Fox News. “Did you kill the Taliban bomber manufacturer?” Fox News Anchor Brett Baier asked the former Green Berry.

“Yes,” answered Golsteyn.

Baier’s question referred to a three-year Army investigation by Golsteyn, which began in 201

1, the same year, Golstein told the CIA about the killing during a polygraph test for a work interview.

The initial Army Probe did not result in any formal charges against Golsteyn, but he abandoned his medal as well as his Special Forces tab and put extended leave.

It was Golsteyn’s public statement about foxes that led to the second Army investigation, a probe that now led him to be charged with murder.

The case got a lot of attention over the weekend when it was discussed on Fox News’s Fox and Friends morning show. It was also noted by President Trump, a regular viewer of Fox and Friends .

“At the request of many, I will review the case of an American military hero, Major Matt Golsteyn, guilty of murder,” Trump tweeted minutes after the Fox discussion on Sunday morning. “He could meet the death penalty from our own government after admitting he killed a terrorist bomb manufacturer while he was abroad.”

As Trump is the US military commander, some military legal experts are worried that he chose to weigh publicly in a case that has not yet reached a court of justice.

“It is obvious that this is illegal influence,” said Gary Solis, a former naval prosecutor and judge who has spelled 330 court war and wrote extensive warfare. “It seems the look, if nothing else, that the commander puts his thumb on the scale of justice.”

Soli’s main concern is that Trump can create a new precedent by using its power to issue an enchanting forgiveness to Golsteyn.

“He must not be allowed to go away from what he has allowed to do,” says Solis on Golsteyn. “The message that sends, the precedent it sets is just too significant to allow to happen… We can not allow anyone in the armed services to admit they are without consequences.”

There was no response to a request for comment from Golsteyn’s lawyer, San Diego-based Phillip Stackhouse.

Perhaps the former green carrier’s biggest defender in Washington Rep Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., A former Navy who made tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“He is not a killer,” Hunter wrote of Golsteyn last week in a letter to Trump. “He is an elite warrior who performs an assignment that he was trained to do. He engaged an Afghan bomber who had built the bomb responsible for the death of two navy men only days earlier.”

Hunter added that he believed that the record would show that Golstein’s actions were legal and that the army “failed one of its most committed and faithful warriors.”

In his interview on Fox, Golsteyn claimed that he killed the suspected Taliban supporter to prevent him from killing several American troops as well as the Afghans who identified his connection.

“It is an inevitable result” Golsteyn said “that people who cooperate with coalition forces, when identified, will suffer from terrible torture or death.”

Solis, who teaches the war in the West Point, rejects Golsteyn’s motivation for what seems to have been a summary embodiment.

“He must as captain of the army know that what he did was wrong,” says Solis. “You and I and probably most of the public can appreciate what he thought and why he did it and sympathize – but you can not kill a prisoner. That’s it.”

“I’m just glad I’m not the convening authority who has to send him to court,” adds Solis, “but that’s where he has to go.”

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