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Tue Nov 19, 2019, 05:59 PM

Navy Wants to Eject From SEALs a Sailor Cleared by Trump, Officials Say [View all]

Source: NYT

The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning, and is expected to be notified that the Navy intends to oust him from the elite commando force, two Navy officials said on Tuesday.

The move could put the SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, in direct conflict with President Trump, who last week cleared the sailor, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, of any judicial punishment in the war crimes case. Military leaders opposed that action as well as Mr. Trumpís pardons of two soldiers involved in other murder cases.

Navy officials had planned to begin the process of taking away Chief Gallagherís Trident pin, the symbol of his membership in the SEALs, earlier this month. But as he waited outside his commanderís office, Navy leaders sought clearance from the White House that never came, and no action was taken.

Admiral Green now has the authorization he needs from the Navy to act against Chief Gallagher, and the formal letter notifying the chief of the action has been drafted and signed by the admiral, the two officials said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/us/navy-seals-edward-gallagher-trident.html

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