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Defense Chief 'Flabbergasted' by Navy Leader on SEAL Case

Mark Esper also confirms that Trump ordered him to protect SEAL Edward Gallagher

(Newser) - The saga of the newly ousted Navy commander and a Navy SEAL continues to unfold. On Monday, defense chief Mark Esper revealed that President Trump ordered him to make sure Edward Gallagher was allowed to retire as a SEAL with full benefits, reports the Hill . "I spoke with the... More »

Ousted Navy Secretary Pens Final Letter to Trump

Richard Spencer says he and president disagree on 'good order and discipline'

(Newser) - Newly fired Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer is telling his side of the story in a final letter to President Trump. Spencer writes that he could not in "good conscience obey" Trump's order to back off on any further discipline of a Navy SEAL who'd been accused... More »

Navy Chief Stands in 'Open Defiance' of the President

US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer wants review of Edward Gallagher to continue

(Newser) - The battle over a tarnished Navy SEAL is heating up in Washington. On Friday, US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer lent his support to a pending Navy panel that will decide the military future of Edward Gallagher—despite President Trump's assertion that Gallagher remain a SEAL, Reuters reports. "I... More »

Navy: We're Dumping Controversial SEAL. Trump: Nope

President comes to Eddie Gallagher's rescue once more

(Newser) - President Trump is again coming to the rescue of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes before his conviction of posing with a dead ISIS captive in Iraq in 2017. "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," Trump tweeted... More »

Punishment Eased for Navy SEAL Who Posed With Corpse

Edward Gallagher was not demoted to seaman recruit

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL acquitted of murdering an ISIS captive but convicted of posing for photos with the man's corpse has had his sentence upheld—but with a much smaller punishment. Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher has been bumped down a rank, to petty officer first class, though since his... More »

Navy SEAL Chief Acquitted of Murder

Edward Gallagher cleared of all charges except posing with dead body of captive

(Newser) - A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017, the AP reports. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was cleared of all charges except for posing for photos with the dead body... More »

Navy SEAL With Immunity in Murder Case May Be Charged

Corey Scott may face perjury charges after claiming he killed an ISIS fighter

(Newser) - At the court martial of Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher last week, Special Operator First Class Corey Scott stunned a courtroom when, out of the blue, he announced he, not Gallagher, was the one who'd killed a captured young ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017. Now, Scott may... More »

Trial Witness: Navy SEAL Chief Didn't Kill Captive—I Did

Prosecutors don't buy argument from medic

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL medic said at a court martial Thursday that it was he who killed a captured ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017—not Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who is accused of the murder . After Gallagher stabbed the teen, causing what Special Operator First Class Corey Scott testified... More »

Prosecutor Abruptly Pulled From Navy SEAL's Murder Case

He was accused of spying on defense lawyers

(Newser) - A military judge took the rare step Monday to remove a prosecutor accused of misconduct from the war crimes case of a decorated Navy SEAL. Capt. Aaron Rugh ordered the lead prosecutor removed from the case of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher after defense lawyers accused the prosecution of spying... More »

Lawmaker Says He Also Did the 'Bad Thing' Gallagher Did

Duncan Hunter was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan

(Newser) - Rep. Duncan Hunter has argued for pardoning Navy SEAL chief Edward Gallagher, who faces charges including murder for a stabbing death in Iraq in 2017. Hunter added a new defense of Gallagher at an event Saturday in California. "Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too—... More »

Trump Looks at Pardons for War Criminals

White House prepares for announcement around Memorial Day

(Newser) - White House officials have begun the process for issuing presidential pardons for several members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes. Among them is Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting unarmed civilians and killing a captive while deployed in Iraq, the New York Times reports. The... More »

Troubling Details Emerge in Hearing of Navy SEAL

Edward Gallagher is accused of brutal war crimes

(Newser) - Two portraits of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher are emerging. In one, the highly decorated Navy SEAL is a coolheaded leader, medic, and sniper, who as his wife tells the New York Times , “is that guy who runs into the burning building when other people are running out.”... More »

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