President Donald J. Trump has decided to restore convicted SEAL Edward Gallagher’s pay grade to chief petty officer, overriding a decision last week by the Navy’s top admiral, Fox News reports
“This president recognizes the injustice of it,” Pete Hegseth said during Fox and Friends after speaking with the president. “You train someone to go fight and kill the enemy. Then they go kill the enemy the way someone doesn’t like, and then we put them in jail or we throw the book at them.”.
The family of former Navy SEAL Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who in July was found guilty of posing with the corpse of a 17-year-old ISIS fighter while on deployment to Mosul, Iraq, in 2017, is asking President Donald Trump for a pardon.
On Tuesday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday issued the final decision on the trial, upholding the guilty verdict and the demotion of Gallagher from Chief to First Class Petty Officer, reducing his lifetime pension.
“Enough is enough,” Andrea Gallagher, Edward Gallagher’s wife, said Friday, Nov. 1. “The Navy should have let him retire as the rank of Chief … . They also stripped him of his Silver Star which he rated and we want that back.”
Andrea Gallagher, on Thursday, took to social media, asking members of Congress to sign onto a letter to Trump and “right the wrongdoing of the Navy leadership.” She also asked members of the public to encourage their congressional representatives to sign the letter.
The posts on Facebook and Instagram added that the demotion in rank is not only an insult to Gallagher, who served eight deployments and earned two bronze stars over a 20-year career, but also an “immeasurable amount of injustice” to the Gallagher family at the hands of multiple government and military agencies.
“We were hoping the Navy would see how egregious and over-the-top the punishment is,” she said.
Andrea Gallagher said her husband is being selectively prosecuted and punished — given that 15 other members of his platoon also were photographed posing with the ISIS fighter’s corpse — adding that he already served 10 months in pretrial confinement.
“We have spent well over half-a-million dollars in legal fees to fight the government he faithfully served for decades,” she said.
Andrea Gallagher and Sean Gallagher, the Navy SEAL’s brother, previously called on Trump for help while Gallagher was being held in the brig at Marine Corps Airstation Miramar during his pre-trial confinement. In March, the president intervened, ordering that Gallagher be relocated from the brig to the Naval Hospital Balboa.
Trump tweeted his congratulations to Gallagher after the seven-man court-martial jury found him not guilty of the premeditated murder of the ISIS fighter who had been captured and taken back to the Navy SEAL compound in Mosul, as well as five additional war crime charges.
“Congratulations to Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, his wonderful wife Andrea, and his entire family. You have been through much together. Glad I could help!” Trump tweeted July 3.
On social media Thursday, Andrea Gallagher called on Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to help with the family’s efforts as well as asking other lawmakers to join in.
In May, Hunter said he would ask Trump to pardon Gallagher if he were found guilty.
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