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Fellow Navy SEALS described their former platoon leader, retired Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher, as “toxic,” “freaking evil” and a “psychopath,” according to video interviews with investigators obtained by The New York Times.
Gallagher’s case made headlines after President Trump intervened on his behalf while he was facing war crimes charges, ignoring Pentagon brass who warned the commander-in-chief that his interference could undermine the military justice system.
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“I think what I’m doing is sticking up for our Armed Forces, and there’s never been a president that’s going to stick up for them, and has, like I have,” Trump said in November.
But the interviews with members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon show that the SEALS, who were reluctant to testify, had a less favorable view of their former superior officer.
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“The guy was toxic,” Special Operator First Class Joshua Vriens told investigators with Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents, according to the report, which was published Friday.
“The guy is freaking evil,” Special Operator First Class Craig Miller said about Gallagher.
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“You could tell he was perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving,” Special Operator First Class Corey Scott said.
The platoon members accuse Gallagher of shooting at a 12-year-old, refer to him as a “psychopath,” and share rumors that Gallagher had targeted civilians.
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The video interviews were included in a horde of Navy investigative materials leaked to The Times about about Gallagher’s case.
Gallagher in a statement called the SEALS — America’s most elite military fighting unit — liars and cowards.
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“My first reaction to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they would make up blatant lies about me, but I quickly realized that they were scared that the truth would come out of how cowardly they acted on deployment,” Gallagher said.
“I felt sorry for them that they thought it necessary to smear my name,...
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