Navy SEALs Who Turned In Gallagher Called Him “Freaking Evil,” “Psychopath”
The group of SEAL Team 7 members who turned in Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher described their leader as “freaking evil,” “toxic,” and a “psychopath,” according to leaked Navy materials.
“You could tell he was perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving,” Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, one of the platoon’s medics, told investigators.
The interviews also recount times that Gallagher targeted civilians, which included a 12-year-old boy, and described the platoon leader stabbing a wounded civilian, The Hill reported.
The Times noted that the interviews also include three SEALs indicating “they saw Chief Gallagher go on to stab the sedated captive for no reason, and then hold an impromptu re-enlistment ceremony over the body, as if it were a trophy."
“I was listening to it, and I was just thinking, like, this is the most disgraceful thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Special Operator 1st Class Craig Miller said of the incident.
The leaked Navy materials “also included thousands of text messages exchanged between platoon members, revealing some hesitancy to come forward about Gallagher for fear of retribution and threats of violence,” The Hill reported.
Gallagher was tried over the summer and acquitted on murder charges in July but convicted of posing for a photo with the ISIS captive’s dead body. He was initially demoted over the conviction, but President Donald Trump stepped in and Gallagher was spared all punishment.
The platoon chief reportedly met with Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago club earlier this week, at which time Gallagher presented Trump with a black and white ISIS flag.