The Navy will review whether an officer convicted of posing with an ISIS prisoner corps before President Donald Trump intervenes must be left to remain in the SEAL's elite corps, along with three of its oversight officers, a NBC defense official said News on Tuesday night.
A military jury acquitted Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher of murder and war crimes charges in July, but condemned him for posing with the corpse of an ISIS teenager.
Trump rescinded the order last week, targeting Gallagher's reinstatement as chief petty officer.
Cap. Tamara Lawrence, a spokesman for the Navy, told NBC News Tuesday night:
Trump's order is widely circulated to have created a rift with the Navy, and on Tuesday evening a defense official said the service would seek to undo Gallagher and three of his supervising officers on the emblem of the Golden Eagle Triangle, that they are members of one of the Navy's elite naval forces, warships and land ships, better known as SEALs.
An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said a counter-attack. Colin P. Green, commander of the Navy's Special Warfare Command, will issue an order Wednesday declaring a trident review board to determine whether to withdraw the emblem from Gallagher and three other lieutenant officers Cmdr. Robert Brash, Lieutenant Jacob Portier, and Lieutenant Thomas McNeill.
Green will make a decision based on the recommendations of the board, which will go to senior Navy management. Download the NBC News Breaking News app Since 2011, 154 seamen have been expelled from the seals.
Asked if Green expects repression from the White House, a Defense official said that Green has the support of Fleet Secretary Richard W. Spencer and Administrator Mike Guildai, Chief of Naval Operations.
Three other people testified about Gallagher's process.
Braish, commander of Gallagher's troops, was not charged. A maritime investigation found that he had been informed of the killings of detainees by ISIS and others on numerous occasions, but that he had told other interested SEALs to "release" him.
Charges of failure to report suspected war crimes were dropped against Portier after
McNeill, one of the seals, reported to Gallagher and testified in his immunity trial. He also posed for a photo with the ISIS fighter corpse and was charged with drinking with registered SEALs, which is against the regulations.