An attorney that represents President Donald Trump in legal cases regarding his banking records is part of the defense team for Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, it was learned this week.
Maggie Haberman of The New York Times tweeted Wednesday that she just learned Marc Mukasey is representing Gallagher.
“Hadn’t realized till today that Marc Mukasey is repping Eddie Gallagher, Navy SEAL charged with murder – Mukasey also represents Trump in his fight involving congressional subpoenas of his banking records,” she wrote.
Hadn’t realized till today that Marc Mukasey is repping Eddie Gallagher, Navy SEAL charged with murder – Mukasey also represents Trump in his fight involving congressional subpoenas of his banking records.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 22, 2019
Task and Purpose also reported Thursday morning that Mukasey had joined the Gallagher defense team in recent months, and so had former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik. Both men confirmed this to Task and Purpose, and both men have connections to President Trump, who is considering pardoning Gallagher and other service members accused of war crimes.
NEW: 3 members of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher’s defense team have close ties to Trump https://t.co/HFxziWSfzN
— Task & Purpose (@TaskandPurpose) May 23, 2019
Andrea Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher’s wife, also posted to Instagram on Wednesday that Mukasey is one of the defense attorneys whose email was hacked when a Navy prosecutor sent malware to several defense attorneys and a member of the media earlier this month.
“It was revealed that one of the defense attorneys targeted by the spying emails sent by prosecution included Marc Mukasey, who also serves as private counsel to President Trump. In other words, counsel to the President of the United States May have had his confidential communications compromised by this completely incompetent government trial team,” Gallagher posted.
A judge has ordered that a full hearing take place regarding the hacked emails, Andrea Gallagher said, pointing out that this now is a “trial within a trial” and that her husband’s trial – slated to begin May 28 – is being delayed.
It was reported Wednesday that now the U.S. Air Force is investigating a fellow branch, the U.S. Navy, after “malware” spy software was sent by a Navy prosecutor to defense attorneys and the media.
Military Times obtained a May 19 memo stating the Air Force is investigating the Navy, as an Air Force attorney was among the defense attorneys who received an email with tracking software intended to spy, and that the Air Force is now treating the malware as a “cyber-intrusion.”
A Navy prosecutor, Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak, admitted in court that he spied on Navy SEAL defense lawyers and a member of the media, Tim Parlatore, one of Gallagher’s civilian defense attorneys, had confirmed to American Military News. He admitted that emails were sent with spy software, and that they were sent in order to investigate leaks in the case.
Gallagher, a 15-year Navy SEAL, is charged with premeditated murder, accused of stabbing and killing a critically wounded ISIS fighter during a 2017 deployment to Mosul. He is also accused of shooting at unarmed civilians. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial was set to begin May 28.
President Trump is said to be considering pardoning Gallagher, and other service members, accused of war crimes.