An Iraq War veteran went on CNN Monday to decry President Donald Trump’s reported plans to pardon multiple American war criminals.
Waitman Wade Beorn, a veteran and historian who teaches the at University of Virginia, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that most veterans he knows are not in favor of pardoning fellow service members who have been convicted by their own peers of committing war crimes.
“Those friends that I have that are still in [the military], I think, are insulted and offended by this,” Beorn said. “One of the hallmarks of the military, the United States military… is we take risks, we go to different lengths to try to avoid these kinds of civilian casualties.”
Beorn then said that the service members being considered for pardons by Trump aren’t close calls when it comes to war crimes prosecutions.
“This is not even a fog-of-war judgement call kind of situation,” he said. “These are premeditated, cold-blooded murders. It gives everyone a bad name, every veteran that’s served, every American that hasn’t served… it makes us all look bad.”
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Army veteran Waitman Beorn says Trump's plans to pardon war criminals "gives everyone a bad name, every veteran who's served."
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CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"
Trump campaign frantically announces new ‘polls’ to counter data that shows him losing — but there’s one problem
Frantically trying to contain the embarrassment after President Donald Trump fired his own internal pollsters for showing him trailing Democrats in key states he previously carried, the Trump campaign is now trying to claim that the bad polls are relying on old numbers and they have newer data that is much more favorable to the president.
But as CNN's Abby Phillip explained on Tuesday evening to anchor John Berman, there's a major problem with the new numbers — they aren't actually matching Trump up with Democrats.
"Despite what the president said publicly about this polling being fake, your sources tell a different story," said Berman.
‘They don’t trust him’: Ex-CIA operative says intel officials’ efforts to conceal information from Trump is ‘stunning’
On Monday, former CIA officer Bob Baer told CNN's Erin Burnett that he had never heard of a situation before like the new reports that intelligence officials concealed information from President Donald Trump about efforts to plant malware in the Russian power grid.
"It is pretty stunning, the reporting here that they didn't tell him everything that they were doing because they were worried that he would tell the Russians themselves or make them stop doing it," said Burnett. "Could you imagine a scenario like this?"
"Never," said Baer. "In all my years in intelligence and around it and studying it and the rest, I have never heard of an operation intentionally kept away from the president. It just doesn't happen, ever. I know of no circumstances, and I'm talking 50, 60 years, that this has ever occurred."