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Eddie Gallagher’s fellow SEALs describe him as ‘toxic,’ ‘evil’ in leaked videos

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The Navy SEALs who served beside Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher described their platoon leader as “toxic,” “freaking evil” and a “psychopath,” in new video recordings obtained by The New York Times.

The recordings are part of the Navy’s investigation into Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes stemming from a 2017 deployment to Iraq. Gallagher in July was found not guilty of murder and premeditated murder but was convicted of a lesser charge of posing for a photo with an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter’s corpse.

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In one of the recordings, Special Operator 1st Class Craig Miller, one of the most experienced SEALs in the group, can be seen weeping.

“The guy is freaking evil,” Miller told investigators.

In a separate interview, Special Operator 1st Class Joshua Vriens, a sniper, called Gallagher “toxic.”

The platoon’s medic, Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, described Gallagher as the type of person who was “perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving.”

The videos are the first time the public has been able to hear directly from the members of SEAL Team 7’s Alpha platoon, whose damning testimony about their platoon leader was dismissed by President Trump and eventually led to the November firing of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over his handling of the case.

Gallagher’s attorney Timothy Parlatore slammed The New York Times for selectively picking and choosing from the video recordings to make his client look bad.

“The [New York] Times show is a clear demonstration of irresponsible and knowingly false propaganda masquerading as journalism,” he told Fox News on Friday.

He also took aim at the Navy lawyers.

“There were sections where the video inexplicably cut off, sections where you could hear the investigator coaching the witness in the hall, and probably the most unprofessional witness interview technique that any of us have ever seen,” he said, adding: “The interviews really provided us with a clear road map to the acquittal.”

During Gallagher’s trial over the summer, a key witness for the prosecution — another Navy SEAL — testified to killing the ISIS captive but said he saw Gallagher plunge his knife into the man’s neck. Other members of his platoon struck down claims that Gallagher was a hero who was unfairly punished for making “tough calls.” Instead, they painted him as a “disgraceful” leader who took pleasure in targeting women, children and the elderly.

There had been debate on whether the Navy would strip Gallagher of his Trident pin, ousting him from the prestigious SEALs after he was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his July conviction.

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His case caught the attention of President Trump, who demanded Gallagher’s rank be restored and ordered that the Navy halt its internal review of Gallagher’s actions that resulted in the high-profile war crimes case.

Spencer asked Trump to let the Navy review board go forward with its internal investigation, promising that the board would, in the end, allow Gallagher to keep his Trident and rank, effectively alluding to his willingness to fix the results of the board usually comprised of the defendant’s peers. Trump, though, rejected the offer and said, “No, we’re done.”

Trump then fired off a series of tweets doubling down on his demands to halt the peer review.

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered that Gallagher be allowed to keep his Trident pin, noting that it would be nearly impossible for him to get a fair hearing from the military in light of the events that had unfolded.

Gallagher enlisted in the Navy in 1999. He served a medic and in 2005 completed the Basic Underwater Demolition course to become a Navy SEAL, one of the most elite special operations forces in the U.S. military. He served eight tours and was highly decorated, including being awarded two Bronze Stars with V for valor. He was arrested in September 2018 while receiving treatment for a traumatic brain injury at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base north of San Diego.

Trump initially took interest in the Gallagher case after Bernard Kerick, a former business partner of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, became an advocate for the family and made television appearances on behalf of Gallagher. In the spring, Gallagher shuffled his defense team to include Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for Trump’s real estate company.

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Over the weekend, Gallagher met with the president and first lady Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Photos captured the 40-year-old and his wife, Andrea, chatting with the first family.

In the Instagram post shared on their joint account, they said: “Finally got to thank the President and his amazing wife by giving them a little gift from Eddie’s deployment to Mosul.”

Fox News’ Melissa Leon, Vandana Rambaran and Andrew O’Reilly, contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Army apologizes after posting image of Nazi war criminal on Battle of the Bulge’s 75th anniversary

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The U.S. Army is apologizing Tuesday for posting an image of a Nazi war criminal on some of its social media accounts during Monday’s 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

The colorized photo of Joachim Peiper – a Nazi Waffen-SS officer whose unit was responsible for mowing down 84 Americans during the battle, in a war crime that became known as the Malmedy massacre – had been posted on the Facebook pages of the Department of Defense, the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps and the 10th Mountain Division, according to the Military Times.

The image was intended to be the start of a photo narrative in commemoration of the famed World War II battle, but was later yanked down Monday following an uproar.

“We regret the use of the photograph of Joachim Peiper,” the XVIII Airborne Corps posted Tuesday on Twitter. “The intent was to tell the full story of the Battle of the Bulge, which will continue here, by explaining the incredible odds that were stacked up against the American Soldier by the time the reserve was called in on 18 Dec.”

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The image of Peiper had drawn swift condemnation from Lt. Col Brian Fickel, an Army public affairs officer.

“I am dumbfounded by the decision to prominently display a Nazi on military social media on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge,” he had tweeted.

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In a post that The Independent newspaper says was deleted from the XVIII Airborne Corps’ Facebook page, a user wrote: “This photo looks like you admire the SS – if that is not your intention please move it to later in the article and provide a caption (other than ‘Coloured by Tobias Kurtz)”

The Corps, in response to the comment, reportedly said “sometimes in movies, the movie will create a sense of tension by introducing a bad guy. It is a technique of effective storytelling.”

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Former Navy Intelligence Officer John Jordan: Media shows bias by depicting Spencer as ‘principled warrior’

Attorney and former Naval Intelligence Officer John Jordan said Thursday that the media’s portrayal of fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer as a “principled warrior” shows their partisanship.

Appearing on “America’s News HQ” with host Connell McShane, Jordan agreed with Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s dismissal of Spencer.

“Well, first of all, Secretary Spencer was fired for insubordination,” Jordan said. “This isn’t some stand on principle as he’s trying to posit it for The New York Times or The Washington Post — which they’re all too happy to do for somebody who was fired by the Trump administration.”

FIRED NAVY SECRETARY CRITICIZES TRUMP FOR ‘SHOCKING’ INTERVENTION IN SEAL CASE

In a blistering Washington Post op-ed published late Wednesday, Spencer slammed President Trump over his intervention in the case of former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.

Gallagher was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in July but was convicted of posing for a photo with the corpse of an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter.

Spencer wrote that the president “has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”

He added that he “came to believe that Trump’s interest in the case stemmed partly from the way the defendant’s lawyer and others had worked to keep it front and center in the media.”

The president had requested that Gallagher be allowed to keep his Trident pin — Special Warfare insignia — and “retire peacefully” with his honors. Spencer described the request as “a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review.”

“I think what I’m doing is sticking up for armed forces,” the president told reporters Monday.

On Tuesday the White House pushed back at Spencer’s previous comments. Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends“: “I’m sure it hurts to lose your position, but the president stands by his decision, and he was there.”

Also Wednesday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced he had directed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday to terminate Navy SEAL Trident review boards for three officers connected to the case.

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Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer talks with the media in July. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

“He [Spencer] was fired for going behind Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and negotiating directly with the White House,” said Jordan. “If ever there was a breach in the regularities of the chain of command that’s it, and that’s without precedent and that’s why he was fired.”

Jordan told McShane that any time someone is fired by the president, they “run to The Washington Post or The New York Times who are all too happy to embrace them and bring them under their loving bosom and cite them as a principled warrior.”

Jordan said that the president’s actions fall within the scope of two constitutionally enumerated powers: the power of pardon and the power as Commander-in-Chief.

“So, this isn’t too shocking — it’s clearly within the law,” he said.

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Jordan said that all the president did was direct that a certain punishment not be handed down to Gallagher and allowed him to retire with dignity which was “squarely within the president’s purview.”

He pointed to the case of former Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning, who was released from military prison after leaking a trove of documents to Wikileaks.

“If ever there was a more eloquent indictment of the partisanship of The Washington Post and The New York Times, it’s hard to imagine what it is,” Jordan stated.

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Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s review moving forward without WH interference, officials say

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An internal review of the Navy SEAL who posed for a photo next to an Islamic State terrorist’s corpse while in Iraq in 2017 is moving forward, two defense officials told Fox News on Sunday, in a case that could lead to the loss of his SEAL Trident.

Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher was found not guilty of murdering the ISIS fighter during a 2017 deployment to Iraq, but was convicted of posing for a photo with the corpse. His case and trial made international headlines and caught the attention of President Trump, who tweeted this past Wednesday in support of Gallagher.

“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” Trump wrote.

TRUMP DECLARES NAVY WILL NOT TAKE AWAY EDDIE GALLAGHER’S SEAL TRIDENT, AS ATTORNEY BLASTS ADMIRAL

“This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!” he added. The Trident pin signifies membership of the elite SEAL force.

Gallagher was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his conviction, but Trump this month restored Gallagher’s rank.

In the wake of the president’s Wednesday tweet, multiple Navy officials told Fox News that Navy Secretary Richard Spencer had threatened to resign if the military branch was not allowed to go through with the administrative review board. Spencer has denied the claim.

The Navy secretary said Saturday at an international security forum in Canada that he did not consider a tweet by Trump an order and would need a formal order to stop the Navy review board, scheduled to begin Dec. 2.

“I need a formal order to act,” Spencer said. Of Trump’s tweets, “I don’t interpret them as a formal order.”

The Navy on Wednesday had notified Gallagher that he will face the review board to determine if he should remain on the elite force.

“The president of the United States is the commander in chief. He’s involved in every aspect of government and he can make decisions and give orders as appropriate,” Spencer said.

Gallagher’s lawyers have accused the Navy of trying to remove the SEAL designation in retaliation for Trump’s decision to restore his rank.

Gallagher filed a complaint with the inspector general accusing Rear Adm. Collin Green, the Naval Special Warfare commander, of insubordination for defying Trump’s actions.

Speaking earlier Sunday on “Fox & Friends,” Gallagher repeated his argument that the Navy was acting in retaliation.

“They could have taken my Trident at any time they wanted,” he said. “Now they’re trying to take it after the president restored my rank.”

Gallagher said he wanted to be allowed to retire on Nov. 30 “with all the honors that I’ve earned, get back to my family.”

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Green also notified three SEAL officers who oversaw Gallagher during the deployment — Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch, Lt. Jacob Portier and Lt. Thomas MacNeil — that they are also being reviewed, according to U.S. officials. Removing their Trident pins means they will no longer be SEALs but could remain in the Navy.

The Navy has revoked 154 Trident pins since 2011.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Navy Secretary threatened to resign over Trump’s request, but not top SEAL commander: officials

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer threatened to resign if the Navy was not allowed to go through with an administrative review board next month to determine if Eddie Gallagher could remain a SEAL, multiple Navy officials confirmed to Fox News.

Earlier Saturday, The New York Times reported that along with Spencer, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Commander Rear Adm. Collin Green also threatened to resign if the Navy carries out the request of President Trump to restore Gallagher’s rank to chief petty officer after he was demoted last summer. Gallagher was found not guilty of murdering an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter during a 2017 deployment to Iraq but was convicted of posing for a photo with the dead corpse.

However, officials say that The Times was inaccurate in reporting that Green threatened to resign over the Gallagher disagreement. Only Spencer — not Green — made such a threat, they said.

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Gallagher was found not guilty of murdering an ISIS militant during the same deployment to Iraq. His case and trial made international headlines and caught the attention of President Trump, who tweeted on Wednesday in support of Gallagher.

“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” Trump said.

TRUMP DECLARES NAVY WILL NOT TAKE AWAY EDDIE GALLAGHER’S SEAL TRIDENT, AS ATTORNEY BLASTS ADMIRAL

“This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!” he added. The Trident pin signifies membership of the elite SEAL force.

Spencer, a political appointee and civilian, has threatened to resign because he wants to see the process play out formally inside the Pentagon, according to officials.

“A tweet is not a written order,” one official said about the president telling the SEALs over Twitter this week not to remove Gallagher from the SEAL teams and take his Trident pin away.

However, Spencer denied threatening to resign at a defense conference in Halifax, Canada, according to reporters present.

“I’m still here, I did not threaten to resign, we’re here to talk about external threats and Eddie Gallagher is not one of them,” Spencer said during a panel on the Arctic.

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There is concern at the Pentagon that the president is micromanaging the military justice system, according to multiple officials who asked not to be identified, this following the president’s recent pardons issued to two Army officers, as well as ordering Gallagher’s rank be restored.

Officials say the president should not be deciding who can or cannot be a Navy SEAL.

On Nov. 15, Trump granted clemency to Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, six years after he was found guilty of murder for ordering his soldiers to open fire and kill three men in Afghanistan. His supporters say they killed Taliban fighters. However, nine members of his unit testified against him, saying the men were innocent.

Trump also granted clemency to Maj. Matt Golsteyn, a former Green Beret, and said the murder charges will be dropped against him. Golsteyn was charged in the 2010 premeditated murder of a suspected Taliban bomb maker. His trial was expected to begin next month.

On Thursday, Gallagher’s laywer Tim Parlatore appeared on “Fox & Friends” and called out Green, whom he said is exhibiting cowardice and hubris in holding a board review of Gallagher.

“If Admiral Green really wants to do this, he shouldn’t try and put people in the middle to put the blame on them,” Parlatore said. “He shouldn’t be a coward like that. He should stand up and do it himself.”

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“There’s been some who say that he shouldn’t have his rank restored but all of them cite reasons that show that they haven’t paid any attention to the case whatsoever,” Parlatore added. “His rank was taken away for something that… — nobody else in the history of the SEAL teams or the military has ever had general court-martial conviction for a photo like this.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas and Melissa Leon contributed to this report. c

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Navy pauses Eddie Gallagher review that could lead to loss of SEAL trident

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The Navy has paused a review to determine whether to remove SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Trident pin following his highly publicized war crimes case. President Trump demanded the halt on Thursday.

In an early-morning tweet, Trump wrote: “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

The pint is bestowed on SEALs to reinforce “good order and discipline” across the force, a source told Fox News.

A defense official told Fox News that following Trump’s tweet, “there is a pause in the proceedings while we await further guidance” on whether or not Gallagher will remain in Navy Special Warfare.

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The head of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Collin Green, was scheduled to review the possibility of stripping Gallagher of the pin, upholding a part of his sentence that would reduce his rank. Gallagher was found guilty in July of posing with the body of a dead ISIS fighter in Iraq, though a directive signed by Trump last week that ordered the Navy to restore Gallagher’s rank to chief petty officer.

Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, a top Navy spokesman, told Fox News that the Navy would be halting the review.

“The Navy follows the lawful orders of the president. We will do so in case of an order to stop the administrative review of SOC Gallagher’s professional qualification. We are aware of the president’s tweet and we are awaiting further guidance,” Brown said.

Gallagher was formerly facing seven counts of war crimes and was acquitted of the most serious of them– killing an Islamic State fighter in Iraq.

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Army lieutenant pardoned by Trump made this request after getting out of jail

Army First Lt. Clint Lorance served six years in Leavenworth prison before President Trump pardoned him last week, and the soldier had one request upon his release.

“Pizza… it was the best pizza ever,” Lawrence said when “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt asked him how he celebrated his freedom.

Lorance, 34, appeared on “Fox & Friends” earlier this week for his first interview since being released from a 19-year sentence for second-degree murder. He had been charged with ordering troops to open fire on three men riding motorcycles in Afghanistan in July 2012, after his commanding officer had been injured.

Two of the men were killed. Lorance later was convicted after several members of his own platoon testified against him. President Trump got word of his case and granted him clemency last week amid some opposition — including from 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Discussing the emotional interview on Fox Nation’s “After the Show Show,” the “Fox & Friends” hosts praised Lorance for his humility and loyalty to his country and shared some of the lesser-known details of his case.

“He was a brand new platoon leader who saw people on a motorcycle who he believed to be Taliban… he ordered his platoon to fire… he didn’t even pull the trigger himself… turns out they didn’t have weapons on them but what they found out, later on, is that their DNA was tied to Taliban bombmakers. They were Taliban bombmakers,” said co-host Pete Hegseth.

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“Thankfully the president learned about his story, took action, pardoned him and he was out by midnight on Friday night. He went to see his family for a day, and then he flew out here to come see us,” Hegseth added.

“And eat pizza,” Earnhardt chimed in.

“The man wanted some pizza!” Hegseth responded.

Co-host Janice Dean said she was taken with Lorance’s positive attitude despite what he’d experienced, referencing his earlier remarks from the “Fox & Friends” interview.

“I can’t say enough. You know, I’m so happy to be an American,” he told Fox News. “I’m just so glad that we’re part of this amazing country, and it’s got such great, impassioned leadership, and it’s amazing,” Lorance said.

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“What a humble guy,” Dean responded. “He was so… grateful to this country and it was just unbelievable.”

“You would think that his attitude would be different towards our country because he served… and then was put behind bars,” Earhardt added.

“That’s a kid right there, and he’s been in prison for six years… Once you read [his case] and understand it… with all of its complexities, you say… second-degree murder makes no sense,” Hegseth said on the Fox Nation show.

Lorance told viewers he was “homeless, jobless,” and was wearing the only clothes he had to the interview — adding that he was overwhelmed with gratitude toward the president.

“I love you, sir. You’re awesome,” he said. “I’ll say this, Mr. President, I wish you had a better team around you. You need more people watching your back, and I think you don’t have a lot of that… that is absolutely unfortunate… and that infuriates me to no end.”

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As far as plans for the future, Lorance said he looked forward to getting used to everyday life, but the “Fox & Friends” hosts had some suggestions of their own.

“He should run for office because he’s very well-spoken,” Earhardt said, “and maybe write a book.”

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Former Green Beret Maj. Mat Golsteyn praise Trump’s ‘courage’ for pardon, says he woke up ‘incredibly stunned’

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Former Green Beret officer Maj. Mat Golsteyn said the president showed “an incredible display of courage” Saturday after President Trump intervened in several military war crimes cases — including granting clemency for his own case.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” Saturday with host Pete Hegseth, Golsteyn said that he woke up “incredibly stunned and awed by the president’s generosity.”

Golsteyn was charged with premeditated murder in the 2010 death of a suspected Taliban bomb maker. His trial was expected to begin next month.

It was the second time the Army investigated the 2010 case after an initial probe didn’t find sufficient evidence to bring charges. A second investigation was opened in 2016 and Golsteyn was charged in December 2018. He faced life in prison if convicted and was stripped of his Special Forces tab and Silver Star award for valor.

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His family had called the case a “complete set-up,” a “farce” and a “kangaroo court.”

The president had tweeted on Oct. 12 that he was reviewing Golsteyn’s case.

“Mathew is a highly decorated Green Beret who is being tried for killing a Taliban bomb maker,” the president wrote. “We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!

On Friday the White House released a statement issuing the Full Pardon: “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, and an order directing the promotion of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward R. Gallagher to the grade of E-7, the rank he held before he was tried and found not guilty of nearly all of the charges against him.”

Golsteyn said the president was “just incredibly sanguine and warm and demonstrated an amazing degree of knowledge about the case and what had been going on.”

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He said that while receiving a call from the president was “was an incredible honor,” he was “also quite funny.”

Golsteyn’s wife Julie chimed in that the president was compassionate.

“To have the ability to look forward to even just the holidays, let alone the remainder of our lives and our children’s’ lives, I can’t explain the burden that’s been lifted,” she said.

“Because we have dealt with nefarious people for too long and to have someone have the moral courage to step up and give us our life back — and that’s another thing the president said is to give you your life back — that’s exactly what he did,” she added.

“I think it sends a clear signal that the President of the United States is paying attention,” Maj. Golsteyn told Hegseth. “That he’s not going to be backed off by institutional elements of the DOD that are going to try to retain their ability to do certain things and force outcomes and weaponize the military justice process and then hide behind process.””It’s just incredible to have somebody step up and be a leader,” said Julie.

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“How do you say thank you to someone who gave you your life back? Thank you seems incredibly insignificant, but thank you,” he said.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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Navy upholds sentence reducing rank of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing with corpse

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The Navy on Tuesday upheld the sentence of decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing with the body of an Islamic State (ISIS) captive in Iraq in 2017.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday made the decision after carefully reviewing the trial transcripts and the clemency request by Gallagher’s lawyers, Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Gilday’s spokesman, said in a statement. The decision was first reported by the online military publication Task & Purpose.

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Gallagher’s sentence had stipulated his rank be reduced to a 1st class petty officer from chief petty officer, a reduction which will cost him up to $200,000 in retirement funds. A jury also sentenced the SEAL to pay $2,697 per month for four months.

Under Navy law, Gallagher could have had his rank reduced from chief petty officer to the most junior enlisted sailor because of the time he served in custody, but Gilday opted not to impose that punishment.

Gallagher was acquitted in July of charges that he murdered the ISIS fighter, as well as charges of witness intimidation and assault. He was convicted on one count of taking a photo with a terrorist’s corpse and was sentenced to four months’ confinement in addition to the monthly restitution payments. Gallagher ultimately served no jail time and was only required to pay the forfeiture for two months because he spent nearly nine months in pre-trial custody.

“We are glad this is finally coming to an end but our family has suffered an immeasurable amount of injustice at the hands of the US Navy, UCMJ system, NCIS, JAGs, and even Eddie’s command at Naval Special Warfare,” Gallagher’s wife Andrea told Fox News in a statement.

“Our family will continue to fight for JUSTICE for Eddie and to ensure that every bad actor will be held accountable for their part in this travesty of justice,” she added.

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The case was championed by President Donald Trump, who had intervened to free Gallagher from the brig and congratulated him in a tweet after he was acquitted of murder. Parlatore said the Navy’s case was fraught with misconduct by the investigators and prosecutors who were out to get Gallagher and that they will not be held accountable.

Gallagher’s trial came after a judge removed the lead prosecutor over a bungled effort that used software to track emails sent to defense lawyers in order to find the source of leaks to the media.

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The judge determined the effort violated Gallagher’s constitutional rights and, before the case went to trial, reduced the maximum possible punishment for the murder charge from life in prison without parole to the possibility of parole.

Defense lawyers had argued that Gallagher was framed by junior disgruntled platoon members who fabricated the allegations to oust their chief. The prosecution said Gallagher was incriminated by his own text messages and photos, including one of him holding the dead militant up by the hair and clutching a knife in his other hand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US airman stationed in Germany gets 5 years for recording women undress, shower in his house, report says

A U.S. airman stationed in Germany was sentenced by a court-martial Thursday to five years in jail for using hidden cameras in his off-base house to record women who were his guests bathing or undressing while he was away, according to a report.

Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Rogers told a general court-martial last week that he used cameras hidden in alarm clocks and smoke alarms to record the women in the bathroom or guest bedroom, Stars & Stripes reported.

The devices, which were connected to WiFi, were motion activated, allowing Rogers to watch the footage whether he was on base or on vacation, according to the outlet. Other footage was recorded directly on data cards which Rogers reportedly viewed on his laptop or phone.

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The illicit recordings took place between November 2015 and April 2018. A woman who’d been house-sitting for Rogers while he was on vacation discovered a hidden camera in the smoke detector while she was taking a shower, Stars & Stripes reported, adding that she later discovered a hidden camera in an alarm clock in the guest bedroom.

Air Force investigators confronted Rogers upon his return from vacation. Defense lawyers said Rogers admitted to secretly recording his guests and provided the names of other victims.

The women, who went unnamed in the report to protect their identities, testified in court that the experience traumatized them. One woman who worked with Rogers said she still checked for cameras, “even in my own house.”

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“I’ve searched my soul for answers,” Rogers told the court Thursday.

“I became obsessed with something unhealthy, something I knew was destructive, but I continued to do it.”

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Rogers pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent recording, a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

In addition, he received a dishonorable discharge and demotion.

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