Is Trump really going to pardon this guy?

Blueneck

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Jun 2007
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#1
He sounds like a very dangerous man.

Gallagher plans to plead not guilty to multiple charges of war crimes at his arraignment hearing Friday at Naval Base San Diego, attorney Phillip Stackhouse told NPR.

Prosecutors say the Navy SEAL fired indiscriminately into Iraqi crowds. They say he shot an elderly man carting a water jug in Mosul, as well as a girl walking along a riverbank there, the AP reported. They also say Gallagher fatally stabbed an injured teenage Islamic State prisoner while another U.S. medic was working to save his life.

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After Iraqis called in an airstrike on a building, they captured a wounded ISIS fighter who was about 15 years old, Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Joe Warpinski told the court, according to the military trade publication Task & Purpose. The Iraqis turned the fighter over to the Navy SEALs, and medics began treating him for shrapnel in his left leg and difficulty breathing.

While one SEAL medic was treating the teen, Navy investigators say Gallagher walked up without saying a word, took out a handmade knife, and stabbed the teen several times in the head and neck, the medic told military investigators, according to The New York Times. Afterward, Gallagher posed for photos next to the body, prosecutors said.

Gallagher then completed his re-enlistment ceremony next to the body, prosecutors allege. Later, Gallagher allegedly texted one of the photos to a fellow SEAL, along with the text: "I got him with my hunting knife."

Prosecutors say there were three eyewitnesses, according to Task & Purpose. Gallagher's attorney told the court the teen died from injuries from the airstrike, despite Gallagher's attempt to save him, the AP reported.
That's not the worst of it though...

One month after that alleged incident, while Gallagher was stationed with a sniper rifle in a tower near the Tigris River, prosecutors say he allegedly shot and wounded an elderly Iraqi citizen walking along a road and carrying a water jug. In July 2017, he allegedly shot a young girl from the same location. Some SEALs were so concerned about his actions, investigators said, that they tampered with his rifle to make it less accurate. They would even fire warning shots to clear areas of civilians, investigators said.

The Navy arrested Gallagher in September to stop him from intimidating witnesses, prosecutors said. During the November hearing, Navy prosecutor Chris Czaplak said Gallagher had damaged the reputation of the United States, the Times reported.

"Does the public still believe we are the good guys, because Chief Gallagher decided to act like the monster the terrorists accuse us of being?" Czaplak said. "He handed ISIS propaganda manna from heaven. His actions are everything ISIS says we are."

If convicted, Gallagher faces up to life in prison.

"This is not who Eddie is," his wife, Andrea Gallagher, told the Times in November. "He is a lifesaver. He is that guy who runs into the burning building when other people are running out."

Stackhouse previously told NBC that witnesses provided conflicting statements, and that "if we are allowed to present our case, at the end of the day, Eddie will be acquitted of the charges." In November Stackhouse told the Times that the SEALs who made the allegations against Gallagher were disgruntled because they couldn't meet his demanding standards. "I promise you, we will call many more SEALs who will say none of this ever happened," Stackhouse said.

In December, Stackhouse told Fox News he would "very much appreciate the president taking a look at Eddie Gallagher's case."
Navy SEAL To Plead Not Guilty To War Crimes, Including Killing ISIS Teen

So Trump appears to be looking seriously at pardoning this guy:

President Donald Trump has requested paperwork allowing him to move forward quickly with pardons for accused US war criminals, The New York Times reportedSaturday.

The pardons from a President who on the campaign trail expressed support for "tougher" tactics than waterboarding and going after the families of terrorists could come "on or around Memorial Day," two US officials told the Times.

One military official told the Times that the White House made its request to the Justice Department on Friday, and that while pardon files typically take months to assemble, the Justice Department had stressed the files needed to be completed before the coming Memorial Day weekend.

The Times said those who could potentially receive clemency include a Navy SEAL who is facing trial for shooting unarmed civilians and murdering a wounded person, along with a range of others accused or convicted of shooting or killing unarmed civilians.

Trump previously expressed sympathy for Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL in question, in a March tweet saying he would be moved to "less restrictive confinement" ahead of his trial.

"In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly! @foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman," Trump tweeted.
New York Times: Trump requests paperwork to pardon accused US war criminals - CNNPolitics

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Jul 2011
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Why?
Has he stood before a General Court Martial as of yet and been found either innocent ot guilty under the UCMJ?
freeeddie from what? Having to stand trail?
Or is the Twitter Twit telling the military in advance that "eddie" will be pardoned IF found guilty and you are in favor of that?
Please clarify...

No.