Lorance served six years of his 19-year sentence.
"He's hoping that his case - and even his time at Leavenworth - can be used for good to deal with some issues regarding rules of engagement on a permanent basis so that our warfighters are better protected, so that we have stronger presumptions favoring warfighters and they aren't treated like criminals on the South Side of Chicago", Brown said prior to the president's announcement, reported Task & Purpose.
Trump ordered the release of Clint Lorance, a former army lieutenant who had been convicted of murder for ordering soldiers under his command to open fire on three unarmed Afgan men, including two who died. Trump tweeted, "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!"
"A president can grant a pardon or other form of clemency before a conviction, sentencing, trial, and indictment - but not before the offence itself", Fidell said to Business Insider. Lorance was originally convicted of killing two men in that incident.
US Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was demoted after a military trial found him guilty of posing in a picture with the corpse of an Islamic State militant, had his rank reinstated to Chief Petty Officer.
"Our military is the best in the world, and with steadfast and supportive leadership - like we have in this president, our fighting force will only get stronger", Eddie Gallagher added. That had led to his rank being reduced.
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher (C) walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, and adviser, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego.
The commander-in-chief granted Army Maj.
Golsteyn's trial by court-martial initially had been scheduled for December but was postponed until February 19 to give attorneys more time to prepare. Trump said of Golsteyn on Twitter last month. "We would also like to thank the American people for their unwavering support during this very hard time for my family and I - we can never thank you enough". The president's actions have been expected as officials have debated the president's involvement in the cases over the past several weeks.
A Pentagon spokesperson said the Department of Defence has confidence in the military justice system.
US President Donald Trump intervened in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations Friday, issuing at least two pardons that will prevent the Pentagon from pursuing future charges against the individuals involved. "Due in part to this system, we have the most disciplined, most effective, most respected, and most feared fighting force in the world".