Office of the Press Secretary


October 20, 2017

*Statement Regarding Military Justice*


Military justice is essential to good order and discipline, which is indispensable to maintaining our armed forces as the best in the world. Each military justice case must be resolved on its own facts. The President expects all military personnel who are involved in any way in the military justice process to exercise their independent professional judgment, consistent with applicable laws and regulations. There are no expected or required dispositions, outcomes, or sentences in any military justice case, other than those resulting from the individual facts and merits of a case and the application to the case of the fundamentals of due process of law by officials exercising their independent judgment.



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7 Responses to “White House releases predictable statement of the obvious”

  1. Vulture says:

    The pine trees north of Fort Bragg can be sympathetic listeners if the Judge needs a place to scream. 

  2. Shawn says:

    Vulture: As a holder of the ANGLICO Pine Tree Award (not prestigious) may I say that the truth will set us free, but first it will piss us off.

  3. Just saying says:

    Check out the last enclosure to the Government’s response. Coincidence? Perhaps not. 

  4. tinfoil wars says:

    Am I wrong, but they don’t say the case name or disavow the campaign statements or clarify his recent reiteration of those statements? 
    I do not think this helps to Government. It seems even more indicative of the POTUS true throw-him-from-a-plane feeling. Amazing. 

  5. Brian Bouffard says:

    Otherwise known as “The UCI Shuffle.”
    The most pathetic thing about these hollow pronouncements is the breathless reverence with which military judges treat them.

  6. Vulture says:

    Shawn, that would explain a lot.

  7. Clubber says:

    The Commander-in-Chief is not always right, but he’s always the Commander-in-Chief. Great job to the defense. President’s Rule 104, “No commander may censure, reprimand, or admonish…any member…with respect to the findings or sentence adjudged by the court-martial.” Lastly, President’s Rule 604, “once the military judge announced findings, the convening authority or a superior competent authority may not cause the withdrawal of charges and specifications from the court-martial.”