In his message, the president nodded to the Fox News Network and U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, a North Carolina Republican who has led the fight alongside embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, R- Calif., to free the SEAL.
Navy Region Southwest spokesman Brian O’Rourke told Navy Times that Capt. Aaron Rugh issued a ruling that keeps Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, 39, behind bars until his trial begins.
Although he wasn’t present during the alleged homicide near the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2017, Lt. Jacob “Jake” Portier faces an upcoming Article 32 hearing for supposedly covering up evidence that Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher committed a string of war crimes there.
Federal agents are not only probing the death of an Islamic State detainee in Iraq, but also photographs that show SEALs posing with the body and questions about how Naval Special Warfare Group 1 officers and senior chief petty officers handled the internal investigation into the alleged incidents.