Army Lt Clint Lorance, one of two soldiers granted clemency by President Trump on Friday, asked the whole country to help him thank the President.
During an emotional reunion with his family members outside of Leavenworth Prison on Friday night, First Lt. Lorance was asked if he had any message for his supporters.
Clint Lorance turned to the camera and declared:
“I want to say thank you, President Trump.”
However, the overjoyed Army officer was not done just yet. Instead, he asked everyone in the country to help him thank President Trump for his freedom.
“I’d like to ask the rest of the country to do that. To tell President Trump thank you.”
On Friday evening, President Donald Trump issued executive clemency to both Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn and Army Lt. Clint Lorance. Trump also ordered Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher to have his rank restored to what held before he was tried and found not guilty of nearly all charges in the death of an ISIS prisoner in Iraq.
Lt. Lorance was found guilty in 2013 for second-degree murder after ordering soldiers under his command to fire on three unarmed men on a motorcycle in Afghanistan, fearing they were enemy combatants. He served 6 years of his 19-year sentence.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement:
“The President, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted. For more than two hundred years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country.”
“These actions are in keeping with this long history. As the President has stated, ‘when our soldiers have to fight for our country, I want to give them the confidence to fight.’”
Trump has spoken out many times about what he views as unfair sentencing practices of U.S. soldiers who have been trained to kill and make on the spot judgments by our armed forces.