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‘The Simpsons’ ending? Theme composer Danny Elfman causes stir with comments

Say it ain’t d’oh!

Composer Danny Elfman caused a stir by claiming that “The Simpsons’” epic TV run could be coming to an end soon — until he was shot down by the show’s executive producer.

“Well, from what I’ve heard, it is coming to end,” Elfman, who wrote the show’s hit theme music in 1989, told website Joe.ie. “I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.”

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But after the former Oingo Boingo frontman’s comments made headlines, Al Jean, the show’s executive producer, said it was “not true.”

“We are all thankful the following article is NOT TRUE,” Jean tweeted.

“Ay caramba!” one fan replied. “Thank you dude. I did not even dare to click the link when I saw it earlier this evening … It should not be true.”

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“The Simpsons” was renewed in February for a 31st and 32nd season. (FOX)

The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history was renewed for an unprecedented 31st and 32nd seasons in February, Deadline reported.

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The renewal would keep the animated series on air through the 2020-2011 season with a record of 713 episodes.

In his interview, Elfman, said he was surprised by the show’s success.

“All I can say is that I’m flabbergasted and amazed that it has lasted as long as it did,” Elfman said.

“So, you have to realize, when I scored The Simpsons, I wrote this crazy piece of music, and I expected no one would hear it because I really did not think the show had a chance in hell.”

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Elfman thought the show would be canceled after three episodes, he said.

“So believe me, that is one of the truly big surprises in my life,” Elfman said of the show’s lasting impact.

A message seeking comment from a Fox publicist was not immediately returned.

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Plunge in 3 Hong Kong Stocks Offers a Cautionary Tale

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HONG KONG — Even by the standards of Hong Kong, where the ups and downs of the stock market rival events at the horse track as a spectator sport, three recent flameouts have been spectacular.

A Chinese marble miner named ArtGo plummeted by 98 percent in one day. A Chinese automaker-turned-education-company called China First Capital dropped 78 percent. Another education firm, Virscend, was restrained by comparison, falling 33 percent in one day.

The tumbles over the last two weeks have little to do with the pro-democracy demonstrations that have subsumed Hong Kong for five months and sometimes caused gyrations in the local market. Instead, they point to more persistent problems in the market, which has long been Asia’s financial capital. Regulators let some dubious practices slide. Rules stifle naysayers who might rein in gullible or overly exuberant investors.

As a result, bubbles inflate regularly in Hong Kong, with sometimes alarming speed. Then they pop, often leaving small investors with nothing but air.

Despite the political problems, Hong Kong has thrived at the crossroads between China and the rest of the world. Hong Kong’s stock exchange is the world’s sixth most valuable, according to the World Federation of Exchanges, an industry group. The British lender HSBC, the Chinese internet giant Tencent and a slew of Chinese banks and oil companies have raised hundreds of billions of dollars there. Last Tuesday, Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce titan, raised more than $11 billion selling shares there.

But critics like David Webb, a longtime Hong Kong shareholder activist, say the local rules keep the market less than healthy.

For example, no disclosure is required when a big investor pledges shares in a company as collateral for a loan. If the loan must suddenly be repaid, the investor may have to sell a lot of shares in a hurry, driving down the price.

Hong Kong takes a dim view of short sellers — investors who bet that stocks will go down. While companies usually hate short sellers, they serve an essential role in heady markets by calling out stocks that may be trading at much higher prices than they should.

Short sellers also create alternatives to simply selling shares and walking away. Somebody who shorts a $40 stock and expects it to fall to $20, for example, is still essentially investing in the stock, albeit at a lower price. Without short selling, an investor who thinks the stock is worth less has no choice but to sell it, which is another way of saying the shares should be worth nothing.

But the Hong Kong authorities consider short sellers too disruptive. They allow investors to bet against only a limited number of companies. They also punish those who aggressively question a company’s numbers. In recent years, Hong Kong officials have reprimanded and fined Moody’s, the ratings firm, and a short seller named Andrew Left, accusing them of inaccuracy in their criticisms. Both have disputed the accusations.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s owner, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, declined to comment. A spokesman for the Securities and Futures Commission, the territory’s top financial regulator, said it “will continue to monitor the market and will not hesitate to use its statutory power to take action against parties involved in market misconduct where appropriate.”

Other factors keep the market frothy. Hong Kong has increasingly lowered barriers for investors in mainland China to cross the border and invest. Even more than in Hong Kong, mainland markets are prone to booms and busts, and some experts say those investors bring some of that volatility with them.

Hong Kong now appears to be alert to problems. The territory’s regulators recently warned listed companies not to mislead investors or include “materially false information regarding their counterparties in a transaction.” It also issued a warning to private investment firms after identifying what the regulator described as “dubious arrangement and transactions,” without offering specifics.

The three stocks that recently fell so precipitously were not flying under the radar. Mr. Webb, the shareholder activist, had placed all three on a long list of Hong Kong “stocks not to own” after questioning their ownership and stock valuation.

“ArtGo should now be renamed ‘ArtGone,’ while Virscend should be renamed ‘Descend’ and China First Capital should be renamed ‘China Lost Capital,’” Mr. Webb said in an interview on Thursday. The companies did not respond to requests for comment.

ArtGo’s stock skyrocketed this year, going from around 6 cents a share in January to almost $2. The company mines marble for tabletops and bathrooms, yet investors appeared to be treating it as more valuable than some of the highest-flying technology stocks in terms of its share price relative to its earnings.

The surge in value opened up ArtGo’s shares to even more investors. It passed a threshold that would allow MSCI, a company that manages stock indexes, to include it in its China Index. Because that index is widely followed by investors, many ordinary people began to add ArtGo shares to their portfolios.

Then, on Nov. 20, MSCI reversed its decision, citing the need for further analysis of ArtGo’s business. Its shares fell 98 percent in response.

Other contenders for the MSCI index have also prompted concerns. An investment company called China Ding Yi Feng Holdings was added by MSCI last year after it soared by nearly 3,000 percent, clearing the MSCI threshold. But by March of this year, it was under investigation by regulators, and its trading was frozen.

The MSCI China Index was introduced in 2018, after much lobbying from the Chinese government to include previously restricted stocks trading in Shenzhen and Shanghai markets. MSCI did not respond to requests for comment.

China First Capital’s plunge occurred last Wednesday. The company said in a filing with the stock exchange that it was not aware of a reason for the movements. But it added that a company controlled by its chairman, Wilson Sea, had sold shares in China First Capital that had been pledged as collateral for a loan agreement.

Wednesday was also the day that shares of Virscend, which is partly owned by China First Capital, took a fall. In China First Capital’s filing, the company said it had sold Virscend shares as part of a collateral agreement.

In its own filing, Virscend said it was unaware of a reason for the drop.

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Former OSU wrestlers say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about Richard Strauss’ sexual abuse

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House Intel Committee to review draft Ukraine report this week

Members of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday will review a report on the panel’s investigation into whether President Trump committed an impeachable act, specifically by allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine until the country investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Fox News has confirmed.

Lawmakers will then approve the report before sending it – along with minority views – to the House Judiciary Committee, which will draft and consider articles of impeachment in the weeks ahead.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., right, shown with committee staffer Daniel Noble at left, speaks at the conclusion of public impeachment hearings last month. (Associated Press)

Intelligence panel Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., sent a letter to his colleagues last week that report would be coming “soon” from his committee but did not provide a specific time frame.

He has also said the report would summarize the panel’s two-month investigation into President Trump and Ukraine and list the likely articles of impeachment.

The House has moved swiftly to investigate the president since Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the formalization of an impeachment inquiry in September.

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This week’s first impeachment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and will feature a panel of constitutional experts who will offer what constitutes an impeachable offense.

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House Intel Committee to review draft Ukraine report this week

Members of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday will review a report on the panel’s investigation into whether President Trump committed an impeachable act, specifically by allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine until the country investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Fox News has confirmed.

Lawmakers will then approve the report before sending it – along with minority views – to the House Judiciary Committee, which will draft and consider articles of impeachment in the weeks ahead.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., right, shown with committee staffer Daniel Noble at left, speaks at the conclusion of public impeachment hearings last month. (Associated Press)

Intelligence panel Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., sent a letter to his colleagues last week that report would be coming “soon” from his committee but did not provide a specific time frame.

He has also said the report would summarize the panel’s two-month investigation into President Trump and Ukraine and list the likely articles of impeachment.

The House has moved swiftly to investigate the president since Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the formalization of an impeachment inquiry in September.

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This week’s first impeachment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and will feature a panel of constitutional experts who will offer what constitutes an impeachable offense.

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Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville tagged with ‘Impeach Trump’ on Thanksgiving

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9 killed, 3 injured in South Dakota plane crash, authorities say

Nine people were killed and three others injured Saturday afternoon after a plane crashed in southern South Dakota, authorities said.

The Pilatus PC-12 had 12 people on board when it crashed near Chamberlain — about 180 miles west of Sioux Falls — shortly after takeoff, Peter Knudson of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Three people were reportedly injured. Among the dead were the pilot and two children, Sioux Fall’s KELO-TV reported.

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Pilatus DC-21 (R) comes into land over a Pilatus PC-12. (Reuters)

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The Pilatus website states that the PC-12 can carry up to 10 passengers and is flown by one pilot.

The plane was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho, according to the Leader.

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Brule County State’s Attorney Theresa Maule described the emergency responders as “heroic.”

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Iran navy commander previews potential joint war games with Russia and China, say reports

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Iranian navy commander Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi indicated this week that the rogue nation would flex its muscle by possibly participating in joint war games with Russia and China in December, according to reports.

“[T]he joint war game between Iran, Russia and China, which will hopefully be conducted next month, carries the same message to the world, that these three countries have reached a meaningful strategic point in their relations,” Khanzadi said Wednesday, according to Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency.

The war games would follow economic and civic turmoil for the nation, which recently came under crippling sanctions after the United States controversially withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last year.

The Tasnim News Agency, another semi-official group, also reported on the games, which were reportedly planned by representatives from the three nations in October.

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“The purpose of the war game is to ensure collective security and help strengthen security in the northern region of the Indian Ocean, which is witnessing incidents such as piracy,” Khanzadi reportedly said on Saturday.

He claimed his fleet could travel to the Gulf of Mexico or the Gulf of Finland. The naval commander also portrayed the games as a way of extending Iran’s commercial reach.

“The war game seeks to deliver this message to the world that any kind of security at sea must include the interests of all concerned countries,” he said. “We do not condone the kind of security that only caters to the benefits of one specific country at a specific time and which disregards the security of others.”

He added: “Seas, which are used as a platform for conducting global commerce, cannot be exclusively beneficial to certain powers.”

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In an apparent attack on the United States, Khanzadi called out “bullying tactics” used to “sanction another country’s oil by restricting its passage through international waters.”

“They need to realize that those countries with common interests have close military cooperation with one another in a bid to achieve a desirable level in their collective security,” he said.

U.S. sanctions, re-imposed by Trump, largely have stopped Iran from selling its crude oil abroad, cutting into a crucial source of government income. While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged the money saved from cutting gasoline subsidies would go to the poor, Tehran also needs to cut back spending in order to weather the sanctions.

Iranian officials looking to hit back at the U.S. over crippling economic sanctions reportedly considered attacking American bases before launching airstrikes in September on a massive Saudi Arabian oil facility instead.

Iran’s per-capita gross domestic product, often used as a rough sense of a nation’s standard of living, is just over $6,000, compared to over $62,000 in the U.S., according to the World Bank. That disparity, especially given Iran’s oil wealth, fueled the anger felt by protesters in the nation.

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Already, Iranians have seen their savings chewed away by the rial’s collapse from 32,000 to $1 at the time of the 2015 nuclear accord to 126,000 to $1 today. Daily staples also have risen in price.

Even with the hike in gasoline prices, Iran still subsidizes fuel costs. Its economy remains largely state-planned despite privatization efforts. Among other major subsidies are bread and wheat, diesel fuel, heating oil and electricity.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance

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He was limp and dusty from an explosion, conscious but barely. A far cry from the fierce, masked Islamic State fighters who once seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, the captive was a scraggly teenager in a tank top with limbs so thin that his watch slid easily off his wrist.

Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher and other Navy SEALs gave the young captive medical aid that day in Iraq in 2017, sedating him and cutting an airway in his throat to help him breathe. Then, without warning, according to colleagues, Chief Gallagher pulled a small hunting knife from a sheath and stabbed the sedated captive in the neck.

The same Chief Gallagher who later posed for a photograph holding the dead captive up by the hair has now been celebrated on the campaign trail by President Trump, who upended the military code of justice to protect him from the punishment resulting from the episode. Prodded by Fox News, Mr. Trump has made Chief Gallagher a cause célèbre, trumpeting him as an argument for his re-election.

The violent encounter in a faraway land opened a two-year affair that would pit a Pentagon hierarchy wedded to longstanding rules of combat and discipline against a commander in chief with no experience in uniform but a finely honed sense of grievance against authority. The highest ranks in the Navy insisted Chief Gallagher be held accountable. Mr. Trump overruled the chain of command and the secretary of the Navy was fired.

The case of the president and a commando accused of war crimes offers a lesson in how Mr. Trump presides over the armed forces three years after taking office. While he boasts of supporting the military, he has come to distrust the generals and admirals who run it. Rather than accept information from his own government, he responds to television reports that grab his interest. Warned against crossing lines, he bulldozes past precedent and norms.

As a result, the president finds himself more removed than ever from a disenchanted military command, adding the armed forces to the institutions under his authority that he has feuded with, along with the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies and diplomatic corps.

“We’re going to take care of our warriors and I will always stick up for our great fighters,” Mr. Trump told a rally in Florida as he depicted the military hierarchy as part of “the deep state” he vowed to dismantle. “People can sit there in air-conditioned offices and complain, but you know what? It doesn’t matter to me whatsoever.”

The president’s handling of the case has distressed active-duty and retired officers and the civilians who work closely with them. Mr. Trump’s intervention, they said, emboldens war criminals and erodes the order of a professional military.

“He’s interfering with the chain of command, which is trying to police its own ranks,” said Peter D. Feaver, a specialist on civilian-military relations at Duke University and former aide to President George W. Bush. “They’re trying to clean up their act and in the middle of it the president parachutes in — and not from information from his own commanders but from news talking heads who are clearly gaming the system.”

Chris Shumake, a former sniper who served in Chief Gallagher’s platoon, said in an interview that he was troubled by the impact the president’s intervention could have on the SEALs.

“It’s blown up bigger than any of us could have ever expected, and turned into a national clown show that put a bad light on the teams,” said Mr. Shumake, speaking publicly for the first time. “He’s trying to show he has the troops’ backs, but he’s saying he doesn’t trust any of the troops or their leaders to make the right decisions.”

Chief Gallagher, who has denied any wrongdoing, declined through his lawyer to be interviewed. Mr. Trump’s allies said the president was standing up to political correctness that hamstrings the warriors the nation asks to defend it, as if war should be fought according to lawyerly rules.

“From the beginning, this was overzealous prosecutors who were not giving the benefit of the doubt to the trigger-pullers,” Pete Hegseth, a weekend host of “Fox & Friends” who has promoted Chief Gallagher to the president both on the telephone and on air, said this past week. “That’s what the president saw.”

Chief Gallagher, 40, a seasoned operator with a deeply weathered face from eight combat deployments, sometimes went by the nickname Blade. He sought out the toughest assignments, where gunfire and blood were almost guaranteed. Months before deploying, he sent a text to the SEAL master chief making assignments, saying he was “down to go” to any spot, no matter how awful, so long as “there is for sure action and work to be done.”

“We don’t care about living conditions,” he added. “We just want to kill as many people as possible.”

Before deployment, he commissioned a friend and former SEAL to make him a custom hunting knife and a hatchet, vowing in a text, “I’ll try and dig that knife or hatchet on someone’s skull!”

He was in charge of 22 men in SEAL Team 7’s Alpha Platoon, which deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in early 2017. But his platoon was nowhere near the action, assigned an “advise and assist” mission supporting Iraqi commandos doing the block-by-block fighting. The SEALs were required to stay 1,000 meters behind the front lines.

That changed on May 6, 2017, when an Apache helicopter banked over a dusty patchwork of fields outside Mosul, fixed its sights on a farmhouse serving as an Islamic State command post and fired two Hellfire missiles reducing it to rubble.

Chief Gallagher saw the distant explosion from an armored gun truck. When he heard on the radio that Iraqi soldiers had captured an Islamic State fighter and took him to a nearby staging area, he raced to the scene. “No one touch him,” he radioed other SEALs. “He’s mine.”

When the captive was killed, other SEALs were shocked. A medic inches from Chief Gallagher testified that he froze, unsure what to do. Some SEALs said in interviews that the stabbing immediately struck them as wrong, but because it was Chief Gallagher, the most experienced commando in the group, no one knew how to react. When senior platoon members confronted Chief Gallagher, they said, he told them, “Stop worrying about it; they do a lot worse to us.”

The officer in charge, Lt. Jacob Portier, who was in his first command, gathered everyone for trophy photos, then held a re-enlistment ceremony for Chief Gallagher over the corpse, several SEALs testified.

A week later, Chief Gallagher sent a friend in California a text with a photo of himself with a knife in one hand, holding the captive up by the hair with the other. “Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife,” he wrote.

As the deployment wore on, SEALs said the chief’s behavior grew more erratic. He led a small team beyond the front lines, telling members to turn off locator beacons so they would not be caught by superiors, according to four SEALS, who confirmed video of the mission obtained by The New York Times. He then tried to cover up the mission when one platoon member was shot.

At various points, he appeared to be either amped up or zoned out; several SEALs told investigators they saw him taking pills, including the narcotic Tramadol. He spent much of his time scanning the streets of Mosul from hidden sniper nests, firing three or four times as often as the platoon’s snipers, sometimes targeting civilians.

One SEAL sniper told investigators he heard a shot from Chief Gallagher’s position, then saw a schoolgirl in a flower-print hijab crumple to the ground. Another sniper reported hearing a shot from Chief Gallagher’s position, then seeing a man carrying a water jug fall, a red blotch spreading on his back. Neither episode was investigated and the fate of the civilians remains unknown.

Chief Gallagher had been accused of misconduct before, including shooting through an Afghan girl to hit the man carrying her in 2010 and trying to run over a Navy police officer in 2014. But in both cases no wrongdoing was found.

SEALs said they reported concerns to Lieutenant Portier with no result. The lieutenant outranked Chief Gallagher but was younger and less experienced. SEALs said in interviews that the chief often yelled at his commanding officer or disregarded him altogether. After the deployment, Lieutenant Portier was charged with not reporting the chief for war crimes but charges were dropped. So SEALs said they started firing warning shots to keep pedestrians out of range. One SEAL told investigators he tried to damage the chief’s rifle to make it less accurate.

By the end of the deployment, SEALs said, Chief Gallagher was largely isolated from the rest of the platoon, with some privately calling him “el diablo,” or the devil.

Chief Gallagher was reported by six fellow SEALs and arrested in September 2017, charged with nearly a dozen counts including murder and locked in the brig in San Diego to await his trial. He denied the charges and called those reporting him liars who could not meet his high standards, referring to them repeatedly in public as “the mean girls” and saying they sought to get rid of him.

David Shaw, a former SEAL who deployed with the platoon, said he saw no evidence of that. “All six were some of the best performers in the platoon,” he said, speaking publicly for the first time. “These were guys were hand-selected by the chief based on their skills and abilities, and they are guys of the highest character.”

Chief Gallagher’s case was already simmering on the conservative talk show circuit when another service member, Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, an Army Green Beret, was charged last winter with killing an unarmed man linked to the Taliban in Afghanistan. On Dec. 16, barely minutes after a segment on “Fox & Friends,” Mr. Trump took to Twitter to say he would review the case, repeating language from the segment.

In the tweet, Mr. Trump included the handle of Mr. Hegseth, who speaks regularly with the president and has been considered for top jobs in the administration. An Army veteran, Mr. Hegseth served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading two conservative veterans organizations “committed to victory on the battlefield,” as the biography for his speaker’s bureau puts it.

Upset at what he sees as “Monday morning quarterbacking” of soldiers fighting a shadowy enemy where “second-guessing was deadly,” Mr. Hegseth has for years defended troops charged with war crimes, including Chief Gallagher, Major Golsteyn and Lt. Clint Lorance, often appealing directly to the president on Fox News.

“These are men who went into the most dangerous places on earth with a job to defend us and made tough calls on a moment’s notice,” Mr. Hegseth said on Fox in May. “They’re not war criminals, they’re warriors, who have now been accused of certain things that are under review.”

Mr. Hegseth found a ready ally in Mr. Trump, a graduate of a military high school who avoided serving in Vietnam by citing bone spurs in his foot. Mr. Trump has long sought to identify himself with the toughest of soldiers and loves boasting of battlefield exploits to the point that he made up details of an account of a “whimpering” Islamic State leader killed in October.

In March, the president twice called Richard V. Spencer, the Navy secretary, asking him to release Chief Gallagher from pretrial confinement in a Navy brig, Mr. Spencer later wrote in The Washington Post. After Mr. Spencer pushed back, Mr. Trump made it an order.

By May, Mr. Trump prepared to pardon both Chief Gallagher and Major Golsteyn for Memorial Day, even though neither had yet faced trial. At the Pentagon, a conservative bastion where Fox News is the network of choice on office televisions, senior officials were aghast. They persuaded Mr. Trump to hold off. But that was not the end of the matter.

In June, Chief Gallagher appeared before a military jury of five Marines and two sailors in a two-week trial marred by accusations of prosecutorial misconduct. The medic who had been inches away from Chief Gallagher changed his story on the stand, claiming that he was the one who killed the captive.

In early July, the jury acquitted Chief Gallagher on all charges but one: posing for a trophy photo with a corpse. He was sentenced to the maximum four months in prison and demoted. Having already been confined awaiting trial, he walked out of the courtroom a free man.

“Congratulations to Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, his wonderful wife Andrea, and his entire family,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “You have been through much together. Glad I could help!”

In the months afterward, Chief Gallagher was feted on conservative talk shows. Mr. Hegseth spoke privately with Mr. Trump about the case.

As it happened, the president shares a lawyer with Chief Gallagher — Marc Mukasey, a former prosecutor representing Mr. Trump in proceedings against his company. Mr. Mukasey said he never discussed Chief Gallagher with anyone in the administration. “I have been religious about keeping matters separate,” he said.

Another person with ties to Mr. Trump who worked on Chief Gallagher’s case was Bernard B. Kerik, a New York City police commissioner under former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is now the president’s personal lawyer. Like Mr. Hegseth, Mr. Kerik repeatedly appeared on Fox News pleading Chief Gallagher’s case.

The much-investigated president saw shades of himself in the case — Chief Gallagher’s lawyers accused prosecutors of improprieties, a claim that advisers said resonated with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Spencer tried to head off further intervention. On Nov. 14, the Navy secretary sent a note to the president asking him not to get involved again. But Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, called to say Mr. Trump would order Chief Gallagher’s punishment reversed and his rank restored. In addition, he pardoned Major Golsteyn and Lieutenant Lorance.

“This was a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review,” Mr. Spencer wrote. “It was also a reminder 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.”

Mr. Spencer threatened to resign. The Army secretary, Ryan McCarthy, also weighed in, arguing that the country’s standards of military justice protected American troops by setting those troops up as a standard around the world.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper took the complaints to the president. The Pentagon also sent an information packet to the White House describing the cases, including a primer on why there is a Uniform Code of Military Justice. Mr. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the president it was important to allow the process to go forward.

Caught in the middle was Rear Adm. Collin Green, who took command of the SEALs four days before Chief Gallagher was arrested. He made it a priority to restore what he called “good order and discipline” after a series of scandals, tightening grooming standards and banning unofficial patches with pirate flags, skulls, heads on pikes and other grim symbols used to denote rogue cliques, similar to motorcycle gangs.

For Admiral Green, the Gallagher case posed a challenge because after his acquittal, the chief regularly undermined the SEAL command, appearing without authorization on Fox News and insulting the admiral and other superiors on social media as “a bunch of morons.”

The admiral wanted to take Chief Gallagher’s Trident pin, casting him out of the force. He called both Mr. Spencer and the chief of naval operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, and said he understood the potential backlash from the White House, but in nearly all cases SEALs with criminal convictions had their Tridents taken.

Both Mr. Spencer and Admiral Gilday agreed the decision was his to make and said they would defend his call. Mr. Esper briefed Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on Nov. 19 and the next day the Navy established a review board of fellow enlisted SEALs to decide the question.

But a day later, an hour after the chief’s lawyer blasted the decision on Fox News, the president stepped in again. “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

Three days later, Mr. Spencer was fired, faulted by Mr. Esper for not telling him about an effort to work out a deal with the White House to allow the Navy process to go forward.

In an interview with Mr. Hegseth this past week, Chief Gallagher thanked Mr. Trump for having his back. “He keeps stepping in and doing the right thing,” the chief said. “I want to let him know the rest of the SEAL community is not about this right now. They all respect the president.”

Dave Philipps reported from Colorado Springs, Co., Peter Baker and Helene Cooper from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York.

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