The decorated Navy SEAL who spent months in the brig since September 2017 was reunited with his family last week and moved to “less restrictive confinement.” However, Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher’s lawyers are now filing a motion against Gallagher’s commander for apparently defying President Donald Trump’s orders.
Following Trump’s announcement to move Gallagher and a letter, which was signed by 18 Republicans, was sent to the Secretary of the Navy, Gallagher was moved to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar barracks after improper treatment at the brig while he awaits his court date set for May 28.
In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly! @foxandfriends @RepRalphNorman
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2019
The Navy SEAL is accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war as well as other war crimes — and if convicted on all charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
However, Gallagher’s lawyers told Fox News they are now accusing Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Commodore Capt. Matthew D. Rosenbloom of “unnecessary and punitive restrictions” on Gallagher and for trying to place him back in the brig.
“He can’t walk and get food, or go to medical apts, or even get a haircut without Comm. Rosenbloom Threatening to throw him back in the brig,” Gallagher’s wife, Andrea, wrote on Facebook. “In fact in the first 96 HOURS After the President ordered him to be released Rosenbloom threatened my husband FOUR times while my youngest son and I have been here to throw him back in the brig.”
“Despite numerous attempts to bring the illegality of these actions to CAPT Rosenbloom’s attention, in the hopes that he would reverse course, CAPT Rosenbloom has remained intransigent and defiant of both the Orders of the President of the United States and the principles of the Constitution, which he swore to uphold and defend,” lawyer Timothy Parlatore wrote in a court filing, according to Fox News.
A few other restrictions placed on Gallagher include requiring him to be in “full uniform of the day at all times between reveille and taps,” only allowing him to eat from “a vending machine and a limited selection of processed food,” only being allowed to speak on the phone with his family “in the presence of a command representative or defense attorney,” and not being able to travel to his defense team’s office or talk with his defense team on the phone outside of his room.
“The only rational conclusion is that CAPT Rosenbloom fully understands these principles and is flagrantly violating them to attempt to exert undue influence on the outcome of this case,” Gallagher’s lawyers wrote.
Gallagher’s defense team filed a motion against Rosenbloom.
Additionally, the lawyers filed a request to allow Gallagher to stay with his family until the trial.
After being reunited, the Navy SEAL’s wife expressed on the “Free Eddie Gallagher – Navy SEAL Chief” Facebook page the family’s appreciation of Trump’s help in moving him to the less restricted confinement.
“We know President Trump, alongside Congressmen Hunter and Norman, will fight this swamp and ensure we have a fair fight ahead,” she previously wrote. “We’re incredibly grateful this country has true leaders supporting our military — from the domestic enemies within.”