A Navy SEAL, who chose to remain anonymous, spoke with the San Diego Union-Tribune this week about Donald Trump’s decision to pardon accused war criminal Eddie Gallagher.
The SEAL, who testified against Gallagher, told the Union-Tribune that it was inappropriate for politicians to interject themselves into military tribunal cases.
“When you look at politicians getting involved in military justice — whether it’s a congressman from San Diego or the president — with their involvement, it isn’t justice,” the witness said. “It’s political, when shooting civilians and executing prisoners shouldn’t be.”
According to newly revealed recordings, many men who served with Gallagher told investigators that they believed he enjoyed killing people for no reason whatsoever.
Among other things, Gallagher was described by his own men as “freaking evil” and “toxic.” Special Operator First Class Corey Scott told investigators that Gallagher “was perfectly O.K. with killing anybody that was moving.”
Trump knew what was said about Gallagher but still decided to pardon him. Trump received a lot of backlash for it.