When then-President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of convicted traitor Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning late last year, he did more than just grant the self-centered punk an early release — he also cheated the American taxpayer.
As reported by USA Today, upon leaving prison on May 17, Manning “will remain an active-duty, unpaid soldier, eligible for health care and other benefits” presumably paid for by non-traitorous Americans such as you and me.
The reason for this extraordinary circumstance lies with an appeal Manning filed that was initially rejected in 2014 but still reportedly remains under review by the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Alas, until this appeal is denied in full, the American people must foot the bill for him to live like a king.
“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” explained Army spokesman Dave Foster.
Had Obama not commuted the traitor’s sentence by 28 years, Manning would have remained behind bars till at least 2023, at which time he would have reportedly been eligible for parole — though this doesn’t mean he would have been granted it. This means Obama is mostly responsible for this outrageous circumstance.
It’s no wonder President Donald Trump had felt so bothered by the commutation.
“I think the president-elect is troubled by this action,” then-incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said around the time Obama announced the commutation, according to a Yahoo News report.
“You have an individual who’s convicted of espionage sentenced to 35 years in jail and … to see someone who has given away this country’s secrets and been convicted of it through military court, it’s disappointing,” he added. “And it sends a very troubling message when it comes to the handling of classified information and … consequences to those who leak information that threatens the safety of our nation.”
And the fact that this traitor is about to be blessed with taxpayer-funded health care benefits sends an even more troubling message, all courtesy of bleeding-heart liberal Barack Hussein Obama.
Thanks again, Obama …
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