Atty for Vet Charged With Murder of Suspected Taliban Bomb Maker Welcomes Trump Input
The attorney for a former Green Beret charged with murder in the death of a suspected Taliban bomb maker said he welcomes President Trump's input in the case.
Phillip Stackhouse reacted to Trump tweeting that he will "review" the case of Maj. Matthew Golsteyn. "He could face the death penalty from our own government," Trump said Sunday.
Trump's critics have said presidential involvement constitutes "unlawful command influence" in a military court case.
However, Stackhouse said that Donald Trump is the highest-ranking military officer in the United States, by matter of his title of Commander-in-Chief, and that the president "is, in fact, a convening authority."
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
"He can take jurisdiction of this case," Stackhouse said.
Golsteyn, who was awarded and then stripped of his Silver Star due to the case, had been interviewed by the CIA after his tours in Afghanistan, and admitted to the agents that he killed the bomb maker.
Stackhouse objected to reporting on Golsteyn's case, which said the Marine killed the bomb maker while he was being held in captivity.
Stackhouse said Golsteyn told him the bomb maker was killed during a raid after he was released by the Americans.
He thanked the public for their support of Golsteyn and said the president may consider a pardon in the future.
The Pentagon told Fox News the incident is being handled as a law enforcement matter.