President Trump on Sunday vowed to review the case of a former Army Green Beret who has been charged with the killing a man in Afghanistan whom he suspected was a Taliban bombmaker.
Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn was charged with murder on Thursday, long after he acknowledged the killing in a 2016 Fox News interview.
"Major Matthew Golsteyn's immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him," said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command. "Major Golsteyn has been charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan," he said.
Trump said that many have requested he look into the case, which he pledged to do.
The alleged murder was brought to the attention of authorities during a polygraph test when Golsteyn was interviewing for the FBI. The murder charge was then brought seven years later. This is a death penalty offense.
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