Familymembers of a decorated Army Green Beret who is charged with premeditated murder in the 2010 death of a suspectedTaliban bomb maker arespeaking out after an announcement that President Trump is expected to take imminent action in his case. The developmentcame asMaj. Matt Golsteyn was preparing totravel to Afghanistan to confront his alleged accusers,a bizarre twist in the case following a motion by the prosecution last month, according to his family.
Fox News Pete Hegseth said Monday on Fox Friends that he spoke to the president over the weekend, and that Trump will meet withArmy Secretary Ryan McCarthy to discuss the cases of three former military service members, including Golsteyn. The president is expected to make an announcement before Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Hegseth said.
Julie Golsteyntold Fox Newsthe family is thankful for a commander-in-chief who rises above politics and truly supports the war fighter.
I am so very grateful that the commander-in-chief has decided to act to end this nightmare for Matt and our family, she said Tuesday.We are looking forward to healing and finally moving on with our lives.
Matt Golsteyns trial was expected to begin this month. But the prosecution recently motioned for a trip to Afghanistan to depose two Afghans whom it claims arewitnesses in the case, only recently discovered this year,according to Julie Golsteyn.
If Matt wants to confront his accusers, he has to go to Afghanistan -- a combat zone, she said.
His attorneys are going, and as of now hes going, Julie told Fox News in October. Were putting the constitutional rights of a special forces officer behind the request of a so-called [Taliban] family members request.
The Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID) in Quantico, Va., told Fox News that due to the ongoing legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate for us to provide any comment at this time.
CID did not respond to Fox News inquiry regarding a potential trip to Afghanistan.
This is the second time the Army has investigated the 2010 case involving Matt Golsteyn. An initial probedidnt find sufficient evidence to bringcharges. A second investigation was opened in 2016 and Golsteyn was charged in December 2018.He could face life in prison if convicted.
His wife has repeatedly called the case against her husband acomplete set-up, a farce and a kangaroo court.
The bad actors actively working against her husband are truly evil people, Julie Golsteyn said. I dont know how these people look in the mirror and sleep at night.
Hegseth said Monday that Trump is also considering the cases ofArmy 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who is serving a 20-year sentence for ordering his soldiers to shoot two suspected Taliban scouts in Afghanistan in 2012, and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of murdering an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter in Iraq in 2017but wasconvictedin July of a lesser charge of posing for a photo with the dead ISIS prisoners corpse.
Gallaghers punishment included a reduction in rank from chief petty officer to 1st class petty officer, which is slated to cost him about 0,000 in retirement funds. His family and defense team are fighting to have his pay grade restored.
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Trump has a lot of latitude under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to dismiss a case or change a sentence, Hegseth said Monday.
From what I understand, that is likely what will happen here shortly, he said.
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Trump tweeted on Oct. 12 that he was reviewing Golsteyns case.
Matthew is a highly decorated Green Beret who is being tried for killing a Taliban bomb maker, the president wrote.We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!
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The presidents tweet gave them hope, Julie Golsteyn said, adding:I dont know how much more ridiculous it can get. Matt was cleared and then their story changed. It is so rigged.B: