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US Exclusive: U.S. Navy secretary backs SEAL's expulsion review, despite Trump objection

23:50  22 november  2019
23:50  22 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Top Navy SEAL sends Eddie Gallagher's case to review board

  Top Navy SEAL sends Eddie Gallagher's case to review board The move comes less than a week after Trump effectively pardoned Gallagher and is likely to be interpreted by many as an act of defiance against the president"This is a review of their suitability to be a SEAL," a Navy officer said. The action would come less than a week after Mr. Trump intervened in the military justice case against Gallagher by ordering him to be restored to the rank of chief petty officer, despite his conviction for posing for a photograph with a dead ISIS prisoner.

The U . S . Navy said Thursday that it will proceed with a hearing to consider the expulsion of Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher from the Navy SEALs , despite his support from President Trump . Gallagher and three supervising officers were informed of the administrative review board hearing

Navy SEAL facing expulsion told proceedings against him stand despite Trump ' s tweet. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U . S . Navy SEAL facing a move to expel him from the elite commando This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!" Trump said in his tweet.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Friday a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct should face a board of peers weighing whether to oust him from the elite force, despite President Donald Trump's assertion that he not be expelled.

a man wearing a hat: FILE PHOTO: Navy SEAL acquitted of major charges© Reuters/John Gastaldo FILE PHOTO: Navy SEAL acquitted of major charges Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington© Reuters/LEAH MILLIS U.S. President Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington

"I believe the process matters for good order and discipline," Spencer told Reuters, weighing in on a confrontation between Trump and senior Navy officials over the outcome of a high-profile war-crimes case.

Donald Trump says he will block military from removing Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher

  Donald Trump says he will block military from removing Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher Eddie Gallagher is one of several military justice cases that have become causes for conservatives who say the men were treated unfairly. On Friday, Trump also pardoned Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who had been serving a 19-year sentence for ordering soldiers to fire on unarmed Afghan civilians, two of whom died. The president also granted a pardon to Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, who was charged with killing a suspected bombmaker.Critics have hit Trump for intervening in the cases, saying he is undermining the military justice system.

A U . S . Navy SEAL facing a move to expel him from the elite commando force was told on Thursday that the Navy proceedings against him will go forward, despite a declaration to the contrary from President Donald Trump , the sailor' s lawyer said. In a Twitter message criticizing the Navy ' s handling.

The commander of the Navy SEALs began the process that could eject Chief Petty Officer Edward Experts say that in past cases, the review boards have almost always recommended taking the The Navy officials said the admiral’ s action against the chief could still be reversed by Mr. Trump , and

A military jury in July convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of illegally posing for pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter while Gallagher was deployed to Iraq in 2017.

The jury acquitted him of murder in the detainee's death, and he was sentenced to a demotion in rank and pay grade, but not prison time.

Last Friday, Trump intervened in the case, ordering the Navy to restore Gallagher's rank and pay and clearing the way for him to retire on a full pension.

But Navy brass notified Gallagher this week that a five-member panel of fellow Navy commandos would convene on Dec. 2 to review his case and recommend whether he is fit to remain in the SEALs.

On Thursday, Trump lashed out at the proceedings, declaring on Twitter: "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"

The Navy responded with a statement saying it would follow "lawful orders" from the president to halt the review but was awaiting further guidance, suggesting his Twitter post was not considered a formal directive.

Asked whether he believed the proceedings against Gallagher should continue, Spencer, in an interview at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, said, "Yes, I do."

(Reporting by Steve Scherer in Halifax; Editing by Sandra Maler and David Gregorio)

Fired Navy leader highly critical of Trump in SEAL case .
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has written an opinion article sharply critical of President Donald Trump for intervening in the war crimes case of a Navy SEAL. Spencer wrote in The Washington Post on Wednesday that Trump’s actions were “shocking” and unprecedented. Spencer was fired Sunday by Defense Secretary Mark Esper for working a private deal with the White House to ensure that Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher be allowed to retire without losing his SEAL status.In his opinion article, Spence acknowledged his mistake, but also asserted that Trump has “very little understanding” of how the military operates and polices its members.

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