Can he do that?
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump intervened Tuesday once again on behalf of a Navy SEAL who was charged but acquitted of war crimes in the death of a captured Islamic State fighter in Iraq, ordering the military to punish the prosecutors who tried the case in the first place.
Mr. Trump angrily lashed out at the Navy for awarding commendations to prosecutors in the murder trial of Edward Gallagher, a former special operations chief, and he publicly instructed Pentagon officials to strip them of the medals. His announcement was a remarkable rebuke by a president of his own Navy leadership.
“The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion.”
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He added: “I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards. I am very happy for Eddie Gallagher and his family!”
This the same guy over whom the Navy Secretary was fired when he argued that the man should be stripped of the Trident Medal that indicates his status as a Navy SEAL.
Also, keep in mind that this is the same Eddie Gallagher whose men turned him in and who threatened to kill them for doing so.
So apparently in Trump’s America you do not go to jail or lose rank for killing a military prisoner, but the folks who dare to put you one trial are not protected from that fate.
In past stories I would typically wonder aloud if the Republican party would still support Trump after this, but now we know that they most certainly will, so the only question to ask is are there literally any Republicans left who have not been assimilated into Trump’s version of the Borg?
And if so, where in the hell are they?