The unprecedented twists in a Navy SEAL's war crimes case that ultimately led to the Navy secretary getting fired
Ellen Ioanes,Ellen Ioanes
Nov 27, 2019, 03:18 IST
Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher was accused of killing a teenage ISIS fighter in US custody in Iraq and of shooting at Iraqi civilians. He was acquitted of all charges, except for posing with the body of the dead ISIS fighter.
But the case gained significant media attention for its twists and because of the intervention of President Donald Trump, who reversed the decision against Gallagher in November.
The aftermath of the case reached the highest levels of the Pentagon, with Navy Secretary Richard Spencer resigning amid reports he assured Trump that Gallagher could keep his Trident and retire as a SEAL even as Spencer called for an administrative review board to determine Gallagher's fitness for service.
The case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher has been the most high-profile war crimes case in recent history.
Gallagher was arrested in September 2018 in relation to allegations he killed a teenage ISIS fighter who was in US military custody and shot at civilians while he was deployed to Iraq in 2017.Advertisement
Gallagher's case caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who repeatedly intervened in the case as it progressed, leading to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer being forced out of his position in a dispute over Gallagher's punishment.
Read on to learn more about the twists and turns in Gallagher's case.
Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, also represented Gallagher during his trial.
Trump also intervened during Gallagher's confinement before his court-martial.
The case only got more wild. In June, right before Gallagher's court-martial was to begin, the lead prosecutor was booted.
The prosecutors who tried Gallagher's case were awarded Navy Achievement Medals for their work on the case — which Trump then rescinded.
To cap off the dramatic developments in Gallagher's case, Trump granted him clemency, restoring his rank after he was demoted.