Trump congratulates U.S. Navy SEAL cleared of battlefield murder

Eddie Gallagher with his wife Andrea Gallagher

Parlatore said his team had to prove not only that the claims against Gallagher were false, but to explain to the military jury why his fellow SEALs would have said what they did. I've been honored and blessed to work with [them] the past 20 years.

The defense said it was just gallows humor and pointed out that nearly all platoon members who testified against him also posed with the corpse.

"Congratulations to Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, his wonderful wife Andrea, and his entire family", the president tweeted on Wednesday.

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 40, was accused of stabbing the injured teenager to death as well as randomly shooting Iraqi civilians.

Seven SEALs said Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed the captive moments after he and the other SEAL medics treated the detainee who was wounded in an airstrike that morning outside Mosul.

Gallagher was found not guilty Tuesday on six of the most serious counts he was facing, including premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the attempted murders of two noncombatants.

As a result of Gallagher's reduced rank and forfeiture, his pension will be reduced, though it's unclear at this time by how much. The group of men who spoke up about Gallagher referred to themselves in a chat group as "The Sewing Circle" and saw themselves as a counter to an old guard that would adhere to a code of silence even in the face of war crimes. "I wanted to save him from waking up to what had happened next", Scott said. The sentencing for this crime is four months in prison. As Gallagher was prepping for trial in the spring, the president also helped by moving the SEAL to more comfortable confinement. John said Gallagher should have stopped the photos from being taken.

The penalty imposed by a seven-member jury of U.S. Marines and Navy personnel spared the defendant, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, from any prison time beyond the almost seven months he had already served in pretrial custody.

Speaking of his accusers, Gallagher said, "this small group of SEALs that made a decision to concoct this story in no way, shape or form represent the community that I love". Duncan Hunter of California and Ralph Norman of SC.

Gallagher, who did not testify in his own defense, insisted that disgruntled subordinates with no prior battlefield experience fabricated allegations against him over grievances with his leadership style and tactics. They said the lead investigator built the probe around their stories instead of seeking the truth.

"Got him with my hunting knife", Gallagher wrote in a text with the photo. He threatened to kill Navy SEALS who reported his depraved behavior.

The jury comprised five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, most of whom are seasoned combat veterans who served in Iraq.

When some of the other SEALs expressed reservations over the killing, prosecutors said Mr Gallagher's response was: "I thought everyone would be cool with it". Several lost friends in war.

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