For a Barstool Sports interview released on Monday, California Republican Representative Duncan Hunter defended Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with premeditated murder for stabbing an injured person to death in Iraq, reports CNN.
President Trump is considering granting Gallagher a pardon.
During the interview, Hunter said: "I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians, if not scores, if not hundreds of civilians. Probably killed women and children, if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So do I get judged, too?"
When asked about the difference between a specific killing and collateral damage, Hunter had this to say about Gallagher’s alleged murder victim: “[He/she] might have been killed in a way that you don't personally agree with, because you say it's against the laws of war. As opposed to artillery killing civilians, women and children, because it's kind of indiscriminate in a way. It's not a sniper weapon, right. Which is worse?"
After seeing the photos and video from the prosecution and conversing with SEALS who served with Gallagher, Hunter says that he doesn’t believe the charges against Gallagher, and doesn’t care if the alleged ISIS fighter really was killed.
"I frankly don't care if he was killed, I just don't care. [E]ven if everything that the prosecutors say is true in this case, then, you know, Eddie Gallagher should still be given a break, I think."
Hunter previously stirred controversy with his defense of Gallagher, claiming earlier this week to have taken a photo with an enemy corpse.
In November, Hunter won re-election, despite facing indictment on federal corruption charges for allegedly misusing campaign funds. He has pled not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.