- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw said this week he is opposed to President Trump potentially pardoning a Navy SEAL before his war crimes trial for the murder of an Iraqi prisoner.

“These cases should be decided by the courts, where the entirety of the evidence can be viewed. Only after that should a pardon be considered,” Mr. Crenshaw said in a statement to National Review.

Chief Edward Gallagher’s war crimes trial is set to start May 28, but the New York Times reported Mr. Trump may pardon him the day prior as a gesture on Memorial Day.

The article said the president was “eager” to pardon Mr. Gallagher and other members of the military who were facing other charges or currently convicted. 

Seven members of Mr. Gallagher’s SEAL team turned him in in the killing of a prisoner suspected of being an al-Qaeda terrorist. He admits killing the man but claims it was in self-defense after the prisoner grabbed his gun.

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