Uproar Over Trump’s Pardon Of A US Soldier Convicted Of Killing Iraqi Man

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, ‘Peas,’ in the Rose Garden at the White House, in Washington, DC., on Tuesday November 20, 2018. Following the presidential pardon, Peas will join Carrots, the other pardoned turkey, at Virginia Tech’s "Gobblers Rest" exhibit in Blacksburg, Virginia.(Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
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President Donald Trump on Monday pardoned former Army Lt. Michael Behenna, who was convicted of killing an Iraqi man. Some military and legal voices on Twitter are in an uproar.

Behenna was convicted in 2009 for killing an Iraqi prisoner after allegedly stripping him naked and torturing him. Behenna maintains that he acted out of self defense.

He was initially sentenced to 25 years in jail, but was released on parole in 2014.

From an Army officer:

From a Harvard Law professor:

From the director of the ACLU:

From a former GTMO prosecutor and national security specialist:

From a DOD reporter and Marine veteran:

Trump is no stranger to controversial pardons. Among those he’s issued so far is one for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who refused to obey a court order telling him to stop profiling Latinos and Dinesh D’Souza, an ardent Trump fan who broke campaign finance laws. Incidentally, a group of Democrats just asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn Trump’s pardon of Arpaio.

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