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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"We've got a president who was shaking down a foreign government for his own benefit, for his own re-election. He was using taxpayer money to do it," said Tribe. "He is engaged in the kind of abuse that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, any of our framers would have said requires that we end the presidency, especially when the abuse goes to meddling in the next election. And when Alan Dershowitz or anybody, although I don't know anybody else who really does it, comes up and says, well, it's an abuse but it's not a crime or crime-like, and therefore we can't remove him for it. That really — that's disgusting. There is no basis in the Constitution or in our history for that."
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"Back then you said that it certainly doesn't have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president, who abuses trust, and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don't need a technical crime," said Cooper.
"Well, that's true. You don't need a technical crime. That's my position today," said Dershowitz. "I've said right from the beginning you need criminal-like behavior akin to bribery and treason."
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Trump left the country the night before the impeachment proceedings were slated to begin. He refused to say a word to reporters, who he normally answers questions from when headed to board Marine One.
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