Article by Bryan Howard
December 16, 2018
A former Army Green Beret is under serious charges of killing a Taliban bomb-maker in 2010, which could end up in death penalty. However, President Trump announced on Sunday morning he will be stepping in to investigate these charges to prevent potential unfair charges against an American hero.
On Thursday, Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn was charged with murder after investigation was reopened from his admitted killing of the terrorist on Fox News in 2016.
In April 2014, Golsteyn received an official reprimand for his actions, but no formal charges were filed at the time due to a lack of physical evidence, military officials said. Army Secretary John McHugh revoked Golsteyn’s Silver Star, the third highest award for valor in the military, and took away his Special Forces tab, a patch awarded to soldiers after completing one of the elite Special Forces schools.
Two years later, Golsteyn appeared on a FOX News Special Report entitled, “How We Fight,” where he admitted to killing the suspected bomb maker.
Golsteyn told anchor Brett Baier he was concerned that if he released the suspected Taliban member, the man would target Afghans who were providing information to U.S. soldiers.
Baier asked Golsteyn if he’d killed the man. “Yes,” Golsteyn replied.
According to the Daily Caller,
The case centers around former U.S. Army Major Matt Golsteyn, who captured a suspected Taliban bomb-maker in 2010. Golsteyn and his men said the captured bomb-maker refused to cooperate with interrogators and that under their rules of engagement they had to release him.
Golsteyn said that he and his men suspected the Taliban bomb-maker of masterminding the deaths of U.S. Marines killed the day prior and that a local tribal elder had identified him as a known militant. The former U.S. Army Major later told investigators that he conspired with one of his men to kill the bomb-maker and bury his body.
President Trump fired back claiming he will open the case for a personal investigation to prevent an unjust ruling against Major Matt Golsteyn. President Trump again shows he will side with our men and woman in uniform who deserve honor and respect.