Recently Trump issued a couple of pardons for war crimes and a reinstatement of rank to another, a SEAL…..I wrote about as it happened…..https://lobotero.com/2019/11/18/will-you-pardon-me/
Since the presidential actions more has come out…..the Navy has decided to ignore the president and continue their process against the SEAL……
President Trump is again coming to the rescue of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes before his conviction of posing with a dead ISIS captive in Iraq in 2017. “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin,” Trump tweeted Thursday, less than 24 hours after Gallagher learned of a decision by the Navy to remove him from the elite commando force, reports the New York Times. Though Trump reversed Gallagher’s demotion last week, the Navy believed it was acting with “official approval,” the Times reports. Trump’s tweet came after Gallagher’s lawyer appeared on Fox News, describing the Navy decision as an effort to “stick it right in the president’s eye.”
I stated before and I reiterate….the president needs to keep his grubby LITTLE hands out of the military justice process.
It appears that within the military and its leadership there are those unlike the GOP have found their spines…..
The battle over a tarnished Navy SEAL is heating up in Washington. On Friday, US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer lent his support to a pending Navy panel that will decide the military future of Edward Gallagher—despite President Trump’s assertion that Gallagher remain a SEAL, Reuters reports. “I believe the process matters for good order and discipline,” said Spencer at a security forum in Canada. “I think we have a process in place, which we’re going forward with, and that’s my job.” The rare moment of Defense Dept. resistance to Trump sparked headlines and appeared to infuriate Gallagher’s lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, who said he was “stunned” by this “open defiance of the commander-in-chief by a service secretary, on foreign soil, of all places.”
Parlatore also shrugged off a question about whether his client would appear at next month’s Navy review, which was ordered by Rear Adm. Collin Green: “Let’s see if Green and the Navy secretary are even still around tomorrow,” said Parlatore. But the Pentagon has been quietly seething over Trump’s decision to clear three armed services members, including Gallagher, who were convicted or accused of war crimes, per the New York Times. Gallagher was cleared of charges including the murder of an ISIS captive, but convicted of having discredited the armed services by posing for photos with the man’s corpse. His demotion in rank and pay grade was rejected by Trump in a tweet.
Gallager was cleared by the military court…..it is up to the military to decide his fate…..not some tangerine colored veg in the White House….a veg that has NEVER served in the military and yet he thinks he can do what he likes …….time to draw the line at what this creep can do.
Not to worry because the lap puppy (SecDef) Esper has been ordered to punish the SecNav…..
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer just got fired. Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded his resignation Sunday amid turmoil over a pending military review of a tarnished Navy SEAL, Fox News reports. Esper sought Spencer’s resignation “after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher,” a Department of Defense spokesman said. The firing came after Spencer said the Navy would still review Gallagher’s SEAL status despite a tweet from President Trump saying the Navy “will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin.” Trump also restored Gallagher’s SEAL status after the Navy had demoted him.
The DOD said Esper made the move after hearing Spencer had privately told the White House that Gallagher could retire a SEAL if the Navy review was allowed to proceed—an offer Spencer didn’t reveal publicly, per the Washington Post. “I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official,” said Esper. The Gallagher drama was heating up all weekend, with Spencer saying the review would proceed and Gallagher accusing Navy officials of “corruption,” per the Washington Examiner. Sunday reports had the White House agreeing to back off. To recap, the Navy had acquitted Gallagher of grave charges—including murder—while serving in Iraq in 2017, but demoted him for posing in a photo with a dead Islamic State captive.
The closing of the resignation letter…..
“The rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries,” Spencer wrote. “Good order and discipline is what has enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and time again.”
“Unfortunately, it has become apparent that in this respect, I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline,” he continued. “I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag and my faith to support and defense the Constitution of the United States.”
But for those that do not accept my words I offer up the letter for them to read if they are capable of pulling that off…..
Let the UCMJ do what it is there to do…..keep politician’s grubby LITTLE hands out of the process.
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