The Navy's chief admiral plans to announce a review during which peers will decide whether to remove the Trident pin from Eddie Gallagher after his widely publicized war crimes case, a senior US Department of Defense official said on Tuesday.
The trident was awarded SEALS to reinforce “good order and discipline” in all divisions, a Fox News source said.
Commander Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the navy, told Fox News that Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, backed Rear Admiral Collin Green’s decision to postpone the commutation of his sentence against Gallagher, who was acquitted in July for killing an ISIS fighter in Iraq.
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A jury in San Diego had previously sentenced Gallagher to a reduced rank and four months in prison, which he had already served, for posing with the body of a dead Islamic state fighter, which was considered the least egregious of the seven charges he faced.
The White House announced that last Friday, Trump signed a decree abolishing the sentence and “directing him to upgrade the rank of Special First-Class Combat Operator Edward R. Gallagher to level E-7, which he held before being tried and found not guilty almost all the charges against him. "
Captain Tamara Lawrence, a spokesman for the naval special military command, confirmed on Tuesday night that the department “has complied with the president’s decree to restore Chef Gallagher’s salary.”
Green's upcoming move is a direct contradiction to Trump’s order and will transfer the problem to the jurisdiction of the supervisory board of the Trident colleagues of Gallagher, who will discuss and complete his proposal.
In the history of SEAL, about 150 cases of SEAL tridents have been removed.
A senior U.S. Department of Defense official told Fox News that Trump’s order in favor of Gallagher is contrary to the example the Navy hoped to show in the light of Gallagher’s actions.
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Trump also granted a pardon on Friday to two army officers accused or convicted of war crimes.
The president granted the release of 1st Army lieutenant Clint Laurence from a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, six years after he was convicted of second-degree murder. Trump also ordered that charges of the murder of Major Matt Holstein, the former Green Beret, be dropped.