Trump Rescinds Medals Of Military Lawyers Who Prosecuted Navy SEAL
President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he ordered top U.S. Navy officials to rescind achievement medals given to prosecutors in the case against Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, CNBC reported.
Gallagher was found not guilty of a slew of crimes earlier this month, including murder.
Trump, who said in his tweets that he is “very happy for Eddie Gallagher and his family,” said the awards were “ridiculously given” due to the prosecutors having lost the case and having “difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion.”
According to Task & Purpose, the medals were awarded for “superb results,” “expert litigation” and “exceptional witness preparation.”
Trump previously tweeted about Gallagher before the Navy SEAL’s trial, writing that he arranged for Gallagher to be released from solitary confinement leading up to the court proceedings.
Gallagher subsequently “was acquitted of murder in the killing of a teenage ISIS fighter who was taken prisoner in 2017 in Iraq,” along with attempted murder charges.
The 40-year-old was convicted on just one charge, “wrongful posing for an unofficial picture with a human casualty.”