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Trump tweets SEAL Gallagher will be moved to ‘less restrictive’ pre-trial confinement

President Donald J. Trump arrives on stage to address employees at the Army Tank Plant Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
March 30, 2019

President Donald Trump has officially weighed in on accused SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, a 15-year Navy SEAL who has been kept in pre-trial confinement for more than seven months.

“In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly,” Trump tweeted Saturday.

It was reported Friday that Trump had made the decision to tell the Navy to move Gallagher to less restrictive confinement, this after dozens of Congress members have been urging the Navy to take a look at the situation. It is unconfirmed what type of confinement Gallagher will be placed in as he awaits his trial in May.

Gallagher been kept in pre-trial confinement with sex offenders at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego, jailed since Sept. 11, 2018, and given inadequate access to legal counsel and medical care.

President Trump stepped in after more than 50 members of Congress have called for urgent attention to the case, and two letters sent by two groups of Congressmen have been sent to the U.S. Navy demanding action.

Rep. Ralph Norman first tweeted on Friday that Gallagher would be moved, this after he spoke with President Trump.

“This morning, I spoke with President @realDonaldTrump by phone about Navy SEAL #EddieGallagher. And I want to thank the President for deciding to move Chief Ghallager to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court,” Norman said.

Norman and Rep. Duncan Hunter, as well as the Gallagher family and others, gathered in Washington, D.C. earlier this week to announce that they and 38 other members of Congress had sent a letter to the U.S. Navy asking for Gallagher to be released from such restrictive pre-trial confinement.

In the letter, which has been reviewed by American Military News, the Congress members ask Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey, who is Commander of Navy Region Southwest, to review Gallagher’s pre-trial confinement conditions.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and 17 other Republican lawmakers also recently sent a letter to the U.S. Navy Secretary asking for a review of Gallagher’s pre-trial confinement conditions.

Gallagher is charged with premeditated murder of an already fatally wounded ISIS prisoner in Mosul, Iraq, during his last deployment in 2017, allegedly stabbing the prisoner with a hunting knife. He also faces other charges, including aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and obstruction of justice.

Other service members who face charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice are not being held in the brig, including two other Navy SEALs who are charged with strangling a Green Beret in Mali.