President Donald Trump is planning pardons for a handful of American military members accused or found guilty of war crimes that include “high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse,” The New York Times reports.
According to two U.S. officials close to the matter, Trump’s staff has expedited inquiries for paperwork this week related to pardoning the military members this upcoming Memorial Day.
One case is related to Navy SEALS Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, whose trial is planned within the coming weeks for allegedly shooting unarmed civilians and killing a captive during his deployment in Iraq.
The other likely include a former Blackwater security contractor who was recently convicted of shooting a pack of unarmed Iraqis in 2007, an Army Green Beret named Major Mathew L. Golsteyn who allegedly killed an unarmed person in Afghan in 2010, and a band of Marine Corps snipers who urinated on the bodies of deceased Taliban soldiers.
The officials, who wished to remain anonymous, said that they had not seen the list of all members requested in the pardon paperwork.
While pardon paperwork usually takes months to process, the Justice Department pushed for the files to be completed by Memorial Day because Trump plans to exonerate the men that weekend.
The military deferred requests for comment to the Justice Department, which declined to give feedback on the matter.