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Trump pardons three soldiers of war crimes despite advice not to

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President Donald Trump made a controversial decision on Friday evening to absolve three United States service members who were either convicted of or were facing trial for war crimes.

Trump signed an executive order granting clemency to 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who was convicted of war crimes for ordering soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012, killing two. 

President Trump also granted clemency to Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, whose trial has yet to begin. Golsteyn was accused of killing an unarmed Afghan man in 2010 and disposing of his body in a trash pit.