Former Navy Seal turned Texas Rep., Dan Crenshaw continues to push the fight in congress for legitimate answers concerning treatment of a fellow Navy SEAL, and war hero. The SEAL in question, Eddie Gallagher, has been locked away for months inside a naval brig, awaiting trial for controversial war crimes dating back to 2017.
Rep. Crenshaw, along with 17 other House Republicans, sent letters to the Secretary of the Navy pushing for a new review on the pre-trial lock up of Eddie Gallagher. Multiple representatives remain concerned that Gallagher is receiving an unacceptable limit of food, medical care and access to his lawyers. Reported Fox News.
“Chief Gallagher is a decorated warfighter who, like all service members, is entitled to the presumption of innocence while awaiting court-martial,” said the Republicans Reps. in their letter to Richard Spencer.
“We have received reports that Chief Gallagher’s access to counsel and access to food and medical care may have been restricted,” they added. “As a result, we respectfully request that you review the Navy policies governing pretrial confinement for Chief Gallagher and other service members to ensure compliance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
The decorated Navy SEAL was accused of killing an injured member of ISIS, while he was a prisoner of war. Officially, Gallagher is facing “premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges connected to the alleged killing of the prisoner.” Gallagher also stands trial for a separate incident where he allegedly fired sniper rounds at civilians. Reported Fox News.
Eddie Gallagher, 39, has now passed the 6 month “detention” mark, currently serving his time inside the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California.
The letter crafted to the Secretary of the Navy by Republican Reps. included the following signatures: Dan Crenshaw (Texas) Mac Thornberry (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Kelly Armstrong (N. D.), Jim Banks (Ind.), Paul Cook (Calif.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Jody Hice (Ga.), French Hill (Ark.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Pete Olson (Texas), Guy Reschenthaler (Pa.), Austin Scott (Ga.), Greg Steube (Fla.), Van Taylor (Texas) and Michael Waltz (Fla.). Via Fox News
The Gallagher family provided an official statement regarding the situation involving Eddie, saying: "Grateful Members of Congress are calling attention to what our family has been experiencing for 7 months: the abhorrent treatment of one of its most decorated warfighters.”
"Let it sink in that it is taking Members of Congress to request that a combat veteran Navy SEAL -- someone who has gone to war for us 8 times -- be given the basics of medical care and legal counsel amidst absurd charges," the Gallagher family statement said. "Americans should be livid.”
The brother of the decorated SEAL, Sean Gallagher, previously voiced his concern back in February, urging President Trump to “review Eddie’s case, reunite him with his family, and place him back on the front lines where he belongs."
Sean Gallagher continued to express concern for his brother’s wellbeing, saying Eddie is “confined with a population of convicted sex offenders, routinely denied access to his lawyers, medical appointments, and visits with his fellow soldiers."
Eddie Gallagher, during his 19 years of service, earned himself a Bronze Star with V for Valor twice, Meritorious Unit commendation, and a multitude of Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq on multiple occasions, and most who knew Eddie described him as a “war hero.” Via Fox News.
During Eddy’s last combat deployment in 2017, he was accused and charged with the current war crimes. Prosecutors believe Gallagher “lost his way,” acting impulsive. Saying he “decided to act like the monster the terrorists accuse us of being.”
The letter sent by Republican Reps. concluded by asking for officials to investigate and determine whether Gallagher should be locked up at Miramar Brig or moved to a different location for holding.
“We therefore request that you review the underlying reasons for co-locating pretrial and post-trial confinees at Consolidated Brig Miramar and whether the current arrangement fundamentally disadvantages Chief Gallagher and other pre-trial service members,” they said. “Furthermore, we request that you consider whether other locations are more appropriate for pretrial confinement.”