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Clint Lorance and Major Mathew Golsteyn.<br />\n Maj. Golsteyn had been awarded the Silver Star for heroism that included enduring enemy fire and assisting a wounded Afghan soldier, but was charged with murder of a suspected bombmaker based primarily on an interview Golsteyn gave on Fox News.<br />\n The notion that armchair lawyers should be prosecuting our servicemen for being supposedly too tough on the enemy lacks the support of the American people.<br />\n Yet the knee-jerk resistance by the Deep State to Trump began with his very first days in office.&nbsp; Sally Yates, an Obama-appointed holdover in the Justice Department, was fired for defying another policy set by the President because she disagreed with it.<br />\n Navy SEAL Special Chief Eddie Gallagher served in combat with valor, fighting hard against some of the fiercest terrorists in the world.&nbsp; The allegations made against Gallagher of violent wrongdoing were evidently false and never proven in court.<br />\n Trump tweeted, &ldquo;The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher&rsquo;s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE DISRESPECT for Trump&rsquo;s pardons smokes the Never-Trumpers out.&nbsp; Let&rsquo;s hope they at least refrain from criticizing another long-standing presidential tradition, the ceremonial pardon of a live turkey for Thanksgiving.</p>\n', created = 1575611224, expire = 1575697624, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:0e34c454b61e8d5bd9a41ebd588c546b' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Respect needed for Trump’s pardons

PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS: November 26, 2019

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