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Military To Stun Trump With Action Against Reprieves

November 19, 2019

Process matters at Caffeinated Politics.  I stress that theme, again and again, be it an issue locally or one connected to Washington.

That is why there is much to disagree with over the reprieves granted to some troubling members of the United States military last week.  Trump made the moves for purely political reasons and in so doing has ignited a blowback that is going to sting his tiny little hands.

What has developed in the past days is resentment within the military as the Trump action is seen as a sign of disregard not only for the decisions of military juries but for the judicial process itself.

Process.  A word that when undermined or attempted to be marginalized will come back with a vengeance and teach all a lesson.  Donald Trump is about to find that out the hard way.

Within the military, there is deep concern over Trump’s actions as many feel it will erode discipline by sending a message to troops and commanders that in some cases the laws of war would not apply.  So now there will be an official reaction to Trump’s glaring blunder.

The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning, and is expected to be notified that the Navy intends to oust him from the elite commando force, two Navy officials said on Tuesday.

The move could put the SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, in direct conflict with President Trump, who last week cleared the sailor, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, of any judicial punishment in the war crimes case. Military leaders opposed that action as well as Mr. Trump’s pardons of two soldiers involved in other murder cases.

Navy officials had planned to begin the process of taking away Chief Gallagher’s Trident pin, the symbol of his membership in the SEALs, earlier this month. But as he waited outside his commander’s office, Navy leaders sought clearance from the White House that never came, and no action was taken.

Admiral Green now has the authorization he needs from the Navy to act against Chief Gallagher, and the formal letter notifying the chief of the action has been drafted by the admiral, the two officials said.

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