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US Pentagon chief asks for Navy secretary’s resignation over private proposal in Navy SEAL’s case

00:15  25 november  2019
00:15  25 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer on Sunday after losing Spencer’ s resignation came in the wake of the controversial case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was accused of war crimes on a 2017 deployment.

Image. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, right, and President Trump in July.Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times. The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer on Sunday after losing confidence in him over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer is shown in the White House in July. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)© Alex Brandon/AP Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer is shown in the White House in July. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Spencer’s resignation came in the wake of the controversial case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was accused of war crimes on a 2017 deployment. He was acquitted of murder but convicted in July of posing with the corpse of a captive.

Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation after learning that he had privately proposed to White House officials that if they did not interfere with proceedings against Gallagher, then Spencer would ensure that Gallagher was able to retire as a Navy SEAL, with his Trident insignia.

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

Fate of Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher to be decided next month after Trump intervention in case In July, a military jury convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of illegally posing for This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!” But the decision as to

Richard Spencer, the navy secretary , denied threatening to resign but did say the disciplinary procedure against Gallagher would continue. He acknowledged that the president was able to override the process but said he did not believe that Mr Trump' s tweets in themselves constituted a formal order.

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Spencer’s private proposal to the White House — which he did not share with Esper over the course of several conversations about the matter — contradicted his public position on the Gallagher case, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

Esper said in the statement that he was “deeply troubled by this conduct.”

“Unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position," Esper said. "I wish Richard well.”

Spencer’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, learned of Spencer’s private offer to the White House when they spoke with President Trump on Friday, Hoffman said.

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  Pentagon chief fires Navy secretary over SEAL controversy Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday fired the Navy’s top official over his handling of a disciplinary case involving a Navy SEAL. At Esper’s request, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer submitted his resignation Sunday, said the chief spokesman for the Pentagon, Jonathan Hoffman.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said President Donald Trump’ s intervention in Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher’ s case did not prompt Navy Chief Denies Resignation Threat Over SEAL . The SEAL chief had also faced charges of killing civilians and murdering an Islamic State group captive in Iraq.

The Secretary of the Navy (or SECNAV) is a statutory officer (10 U. S .C. § 5013) and the head ( chief executive officer) of the Department of the Navy , a military department (component organization)

Spencer’s proposal to the White House came after Trump intervened in the cases of Gallagher and two soldiers on Nov. 15. Countering Pentagon recommendations, the president issued pardons to Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who faced a murder trial next year, and former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who was convicted in 2013 in the murder of two unarmed men in Afghanistan.

Trump reinstated Gallagher’s rank after the SEAL was demoted as punishment for posing for the photograph with the corpse. As a result of the actions over the last few days, Hoffman said, Esper has decided to let Gallagher keep it.

Spencer made his private pitch to the White House in conversations before a Thursday tweet by Trump, in which the president publicly pushed back against the Navy launching a review that could have stripped Gallagher of his Navy SEAL status.

“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” Trump wrote. “This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

Hoffman said that Esper has suggested to Trump that Kenneth Braithwaite, a retired Navy rear admiral who is currently the U.S. ambassador to Norway, be considered as the next Navy secretary.

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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