A Navy SEAL chief awaiting trial was backed by President Donald Trump on Saturday.
Eddie Gallagher, who did not plead guilty to war crimes allegedly committed during a tour of Iraq in January, was mentioned in a tweet by Trump, who claimed that Gallagher would soon be reduced to a less restrictive captivity, until his next appearance in a military court. 19659002 "In honor of his former service to our country, the Navy Seal #EddieGallagher is soon relocated to a less restrictive detention center while awaiting trial in court. Process should move fast! @ Foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman "
Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican representing South Carolina's 5th congressional district, said he spoke with Trump on Friday regarding Gallagher. In a series of tweets, Norman thanked the President and 40 Congressional associates who were members of Gallagher, and then explained the achievements of the SEAL report.
"I spoke with President @realDonaldTrump about Navy SEAL #EddieGallagher this morning. I want to thank the President for deciding to place Chief Ghallager in a less restrictive prison while awaiting his day in court.
Service in conditions that most of us could not fathom.
"As I said from the beginning, I believe that Chef Gallagher will soon have a fair and impartial trial. But until proven otherwise, it is appropriate that he be treated like a decorated soldier who still has the presumption of innocence.
"Thanks again to President Trump and to Ca. 40 other members of the congress who have commented on this issue, including @Rep_Hunter, @RepDanCrenshaw and so many others.
Eddie Gallagher is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star and served our nation on eight business trips under conditions most of us could not fathom. (2/4)
– Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019
As I said from the beginning, I think Chief Gallagher will soon have a fair and impartial trial, but until proven otherwise, it should be treated as a decorated soldier, always still has the presumption of innocence (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019
– Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) March 29, 2019  12] Gallagher due during a tour in May 2017 intentional murder of one already Accused 15-year-old ISIS fighter in Iraq. The report states that Gallagher allegedly wrote a photograph of himself holding a knife in his hand and the head of the ISIS fighter in his other hand.
Gallagher underwent special treatment for head injuries in Iraq and was transferred to the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar 17 weeks prior to his arrest on 5 January.
Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote to the president in January and asked the commander-in-chief to stop the court-martial. In the letter, Hunter said Gallagher had also been detained, "where allegedly no access to medical care, psychiatric services or legal representation was granted."
I will introduce legislation to ensure this situation does not repeat itself.