Jan 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement in response to the President's commutation of inmate Manning's sentence:

"Inmate Manning was convicted of multiple acts of espionage against the United States and other serious military misconduct.  These actions potentially put our country and fellow soldiers at serious risk.  The President’s commutation of Manning's sentence sends a terrible message to the world that the penalties for damaging our security can be swayed by politics.”