Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says President Obama treated a "traitor like a martyr” in commuting former Army soldier Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence.
“When I was leading soldiers in Afghanistan, Private Manning was undermining us by leaking hundreds of thousands classified documents to WikiLeaks,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
“I don’t understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies. We ought not treat a traitor like a martyr.”
Obama earlier Tuesday commutedManning’s 35-year prison sentence, the longest punishment ever imposed for a leak conviction.
Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information about U.S. national security activities that were later disclosed by WikiLeaks....