Trump Congratulates Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher on Not Guilty Ruling

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 02:R, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher celebrates with his wife Andrea after being acquitted of premeditated murder at Naval Base San Diego July 2, 2019 in San Diego, California. Gallagher was found not guilty in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in …
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President Trump on Wednesday congratulated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher and his family on Tuesday’s military court ruling he is not guilty of murdering a wounded Islamic State fighter.

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

A military court in San Diego on Tuesday ruled Gallagher was innocent of six charges including the alleged murder of a wounded ISIS fighter and allegedly shooting at innocent civilians.

He was found guilty of one charge related to taking a photo with the corpse of the Islamic State fighter, which other platoon members did as well during their deployment in 2017 to Mosul, Iraq. The charge carries four months of jail time maximum, and since Gallagher has already served nine months in pre-trial confinement, he is not expected to serve any additional time.

Trump has previously expressed support for the Gallagher family. In March, he directed Gallagher to be released from pre-trial confinement to less restrictive confinement so that he could prepare for his defense.

In May, the New York Times reported Trump was allegedly considering a pardon for Gallagher, which prompted critics to accuse the president of wanting to pardon a “war criminal,” despite the presumption of innocence.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted, “This is grotesque,” in response to the article. Clinton was under investigation for mishandling classified material related to her private home server. Then-FBI Director James Comey did not recommend charges.

 

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