Hillary takes nasty swipe at Trump for potential military pardons; Benghazi hero has something to say about that

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A survivor of the Benghazi terror attacks roasted Hillary Clinton in a scathing rebuke after she commented on potential pardons by President Trump.

Mark Geist, a Marine veteran and member of the Annex Security Team that fought attackers in the 2012 terror attack in Libya, called out the former Secretary of State in a tweet Monday in response to her reaction to a report in The New York Times.

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“This is grotesque,” Clinton tweeted, linking to a report on potential pardons by the president of American military members who have been accused or convicted of war crimes.

The White House reportedly made “expedited requests” last week to get the paperwork processed in time to announce the pardons for Memorial Day, the Times reported, citing two unidentified U.S. officials. The potential pardons which are under consideration include several high-profile cases including Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who was accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians and a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq.

While no official announcements have been made, the Times report prompted Clinton to comment on the possibility of Trump’s pardons.

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And her reaction sparked a takedown from Geist over her role in the Obama administration decision that cost the lives of four Americans in Benghazi, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stephens.

Geist, who is credited with helping to save more than 25 Americans in Benghazi that night, is the author of the bestselling book “13 Hours” which chronicles what really happened that night along with Army Ranger Kris Paronto and others.

Twitter users cheered his blistering attack on Clinton.

Reports of Trump potentially issuing pardons to several members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes has stirred some controversy with Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw stating he would oppose Gallagher’s pardon until his trial is completed.

“These cases should be decided by the courts, where the entirety of the evidence can be viewed. Only after that should a pardon be considered,” Crenshaw told National Review in a statement referring to Gallagher’s trial which is set to begin May 28.

According to USA Today:

According to prosecutors, a SEAL medic said he had just gotten the wounded prisoner stabilized when Gallagher walked up and stabbed the teen in the neck and body. They say he posed with the prisoner’s body and included it as a prop in his re-enlistment ceremony, bragging, “I got this one with my knife.”

Seven Navy SEALs were granted immunity in the case. Investigators said Gallagher occasionally fired indiscriminately into crowds of civilians. He also is accused of shooting an elderly man carting a water jug in Mosul in June 2017 and a girl walking along a riverbank in the same area a month later.

 

Trump tweeted about the Bronze Star recipient in March.

Iraq War veteran and former infantryman Brandon Friedman expressed the same sentiments as Crenshaw in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News on Monday, saying “Trump is preparing to insult service members by standing up for the worst among them.”

Seth Moulton, a Marine veteran and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, also addressed the pardon at a campaign event.

“Through all the tragedies of that war, for all the hard days that we had, we never lost our values,” Moulton said. “[Trump] doesn’t get that because he never had to uphold American values when he was being shot at. But a lot of veterans have.”

According to the Times report, other possible pardons being considered could include “former Blackwater security contractor recently found guilty in the deadly 2007 shooting of dozens of unarmed Iraqis; the case of Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, the Army Green Beret accused of killing an unarmed Afghan in 2010; and the case of a group of Marine Corps snipers charged with urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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