President Donald Trump’s reported desire to pardon military service members who have been either convicted or accused of war crimes has drawn a lot of controversy — and the reporter who broke the story about the president’s planned pardons told CNN on Monday that no one should underestimate how serious this is.
While appearing with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, New York Times reporter Dave Philipps said that the military believes Trump will try to pardon a Blackwater contractor who was killing multiple people in a traffic circle in Iraq, a Special Forces officer who confessed to killing a detainee in Afghanistan, and multiple snipers who desecrated the corpses of dead Taliban fighters.
Philipps then explained how mass pardons of war criminals on this scale are “unprecedented” in the United States.
“To pardon people who are accused of very serious crimes — premeditated murder, attempted murder — these are the most serious crimes in the military,” he said. “There isn’t anything like that since President Lincoln was alive.”
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Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report
On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.
"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."
Prosecutors offered indicted GOP congressman a deal to keep his multiple taxpayer-funded trysts quiet — but he refused
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), facing indictment for stealing campaign funds and falsifying spending reports, was offered a deal by to keep secret the incidents in which he used taxpayer money to finance affairs with lobbyists — but he refused.
"Prosecutors told a judge they tried to cut a deal with Hunter to avoid revealing the alleged tryst, but his attorneys refused," reported CNN's Tom Foreman.
The affairs were made public shortly after it was revealed that Hunter's wife Margaret, an alleged co-conspirator in the scheme, was cooperating with prosecutors. Hunter had previously tried to blame the entire scheme on his wife — a claim that looks increasingly dubious.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.