Donald Trump’s Pardons Prompted By Friendships And TV
Donald Trump’s recent considerations for pardons shows a pattern of him using his power for his own personal interest as opposed to the correct legal procedures. On numerous occasions, Donald Trump has given pardons after TV appearances and connections with influential public figures with platforms, and his most recent case isn’t any different.
The Daily Beast reports that the President is planning on pardoning several U.S. military men accused of murder and shooting down civilians or killing detainees. Among those war criminals is Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who shot civilians, including a school girl.
He has set up their paperwork to be complete ahead of Memorial Day. Multiple reports state that Trump’s favorite outlet, Fox & Friends co-host, Pete Hegseth has been pushing Trump for the pardons. Hegseth is a known advisor and friend to the President.
Apparently, Hegseth has repeatedly pressed Trump to support the accused and convicted servicemen in multiple private conversations about the matter.
Hegseth has defended the war criminals on-air—referring to them as ”good guys” who made “tough calls.”
Hegseth is also acting on his own personal interests adding that Trump’s pardons of Lorance, Gallagher, Golsteyn, and others would be,
“heartening for guys like me and others in the service” that want a President “defending the war fighter.”