President Trump brought Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn and Army Lt. Clint Lorance on stage at a Florida Republican fundraiser over the weekend, just months after pardoning the two over cases involving war crimes, the Miami Herald reports.
Golsteyn, a former Green Beret, was charged with murder in the death of an Afghan man during a deployment in the country in 2010. He had pleaded not guilty in the case.
Lorance, who was found guilty in 2013 for murder in the second degree for ordering his soldiers to shoot at three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, served six years of the 19-year prison sentence he received for the charge.
The officer complained earlier this month that it was “impossible to find a job” at a “Walmart or Target,” despite being granted a full presidential pardon.
Nine of Lorance’s fellow soldiers testified against him in his trial, some of them alleging that he tried covering up his actions; Lorance has maintained his innocence and defending his actions as protecting fellow soldiers.
The Hill reports:
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter last month to the Department of Justice asking for information on if the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney was involved in the decision. The senators asked for answers no later than Dec. 13.
The attendees that spoke to the Herald said Trump was a “total comedian” at the event, doing impressions of Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and said parts of his speech were similar to his tweets calling the impeachment inquiry “a sham” and a “witch hunt.”