Long story in the NY Times about the SEALS who testified against Eddie Gallagher:
The Navy SEALs showed up one by one, wearing hoodies and T-shirts instead of uniforms, to tell investigators what they had seen. Visibly nervous, they shifted in their chairs, rubbed their palms and pressed their fists against their foreheads. At times they stopped in midsentence and broke into tears.
“Sorry about this,” Special Operator First Class Craig Miller, one of the most experienced SEALs in the group, said as he looked sideways toward a blank wall, trying to hide that he was weeping. “It’s the first time — I’m really broken up about this.”
Video recordings of the interviews obtained by The New York Times, which have not been shown publicly before, were part of a trove of Navy investigative materials about the prosecution of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher on war crimes charges including murder.
They offer the first opportunity outside the courtroom to hear directly from the men of Alpha platoon, SEAL Team 7, whose blistering testimony about their platoon chief was dismissed by President Trump when he upended the military code of justice to protect Chief Gallagher from the punishment.
“The guy is freaking evil,” Special Operator Miller told investigators. “The guy was toxic,” Special Operator First Class Joshua Vriens, a sniper, said in a separate interview. “You could tell he was perfectly O.K. with killing anybody that was moving,” Special Operator First Class Corey Scott, a medic in the platoon, told the investigators.
Gallagher, of course, claims that he is innocent, and that he is being framed and that he had the odd luck to be attached to the ***ONLY*** SEAL team in history to be composed of a bunch of wimps. I wish I was kidding:
“My first reaction to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they would make up blatant lies about me, but I quickly realized that they were scared that the truth would come out of how cowardly they acted on deployment,” Chief Gallagher said in a statement issued through his lawyer.
“I felt sorry for them that they thought it necessary to smear my name, but they never realized what the consequences of their lies would be. As upset as I was, the videos also gave me confidence because I knew that their lies would never hold up under real questioning and the jury would see through it. Their lies and N.C.I.S.’s refusal to ask hard questions or corroborate their stories strengthened my resolve to go to trial and clear my name.”
Two things. First, it is not in the least bit surprising that Trump has chosen to rush to this guy’s defense, because Trump’s view of the world and the military is so perverse that he really does think the military is composed of nothing more than butchers and murderers. Additionally, Trump loves to be surrounded by loudmouth bully boys like Gallagher, Lewandowski, his bigmouth longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, and who can forget how tough Michael Cohen once acted. He, himself, is such a wimp that he compensates by surrounding himself with what he fancies to be tough guys.
Second, if what all these SEALS are saying about Gallagher is true, and I find no reason to disbelieve them, then this is not the last we have heard of Gallagher. He will kill again. It may be his wife, it may be a neighbor, it may be someone who cut him off in traffic, or it may be some person of color who looked at him funny or had the temerity to wear a head scarf in his general vicinity.
Like all loaded guns that are bandied about carelessly, he will go off again. It’s only a matter of when and who the unfortunate victim will be.