The U.S. Army is setting up another showdown over a pardon issued by President Trump to Major Matt Golsteyn. The Washington Post was the first to report, citing two different sources on the condition of anonymity within the Army, that Lieutenant General Francis M. Beaudette, the commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), had denied the request for reinstatement by retired Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn. This report was later confirmed by the Army.
Golsteyn was attempting to have both his Special Forces tab and a Silver Star medal reinstated following a pardon from President Trump. Golsteyn was facing charges for the alleged murder of a suspected Taliban bombmaker in Marja, Afghanistan, in February 2010.
The Army first opened an investigation into Golsteyn after he disclosed the killing during a 2011 CIA issued polygraph test as he applied for a position there. Resultantly, in 2014, the Army revoked his SF tab and Silver Star award and issued a reprimand. Then, they charged Golsteyn with murder in 2018.
Golsteyn admitted to killing the Taliban bombmaker but initially claimed that it had taken place during an ambush. He later claimed that the man’s body was burned to prevent the spread of disease.