This comes from Rep. Duncan “I vape” Hunter.
Courtesy of Law and Crime:
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said over the weekend that President Donald Trump should “absolutely” pardon Navy SEAL Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher. Hunter, a Marine who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, defended Gallagher (an American soldier accused of war crimes).
“Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too — taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” Hunter said at a border-issues forum in San Diego on Saturday. He added that he did not post the photos on social media “but a lot of my peers … have done the exact same thing.” When Hunter was asked whether Gallagher should be pardoned, Hunter said “absolutely.”
Former special operations chief Gallagher is set for trial on June 10; he’s charged with shooting civilians, including a school-age girl, and knifing to death a captured ISIS fighter receiving medical treatment in Iraq in 2017. Gallagher was ultimately reported by his own platoon, and faces 12 counts including murder, attempted murder, and obstruction of justice for allegedly attempting to intimidate troops reporting his crimes. He faces life in prison for his crimes.
Hunter claims to have seen helmet cam footage that exonerates Gallagher when it comes to the knifing of that captured ISIS fighter, but that is only one of the crimes he has been accused of committing.
Hunter has also claimed that he would like to see the case work its way through the courts so that people could “see how disgusting the military justice system is when it’s run by lawyers and bureaucrats [who] go after the war-fighter.”
But if that is true why is he encouraging a presidential pardon.
I find it interesting that Hunter tries to minimize this guy’s criminal behavior by admitting to his own inappropriate behavior while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That seems like more of an indictment against him than an excuse for former operations chief Gallagher.