US President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will review the case of a soldier charged with premeditated murder after killing an alleged bomb-maker in Afghanistan.
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
The president’s tweet mentioned Fox News, the channel on which Matt Golsteyn’s attorney and his wife were interviewed about the case earlier in the day.
US media reported that the soldier killed the suspected bomb-maker after he was detained in 2010, and that Golsteyn admitted to doing so both to the CIA in 2011 and on Fox in 2016.
The latter appearance prompted the military to open a new investigation after Golsteyn was previously cleared.
His attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, tweeted that Golsteyn is charged with “premeditated murder, a death penalty offense for allegedly killing a Taliban bomb-maker during combat operations in Marjah, Afghanistan.”
A US military spokesperson confirmed the charge to AFP but said, “We are not at liberty to discuss details of an ongoing case or investigation to ensure the rights of the accused are protected.”
– with reporting by Agence France-Presse