Fox’s Napolitano Breaks Down ‘Highly Irregular’ Turn in Accused Navy SEAL’s Trial: ‘It’s Almost Unheard Of’

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Special Operations Chief Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher‘s court trial for war crimes turned upside down after another Navy SEAL revealed that he’s the one who killed a wounded ISIS fighter while in Iraq.

Gallagher has been fighting against the war crimes, including allegedly stabbing and killing an ISIS teen who was in custody in 2017. If convicted, he would spend the rest of his life in prison. He has denied the accusations.

However, during the trial on Thursday, after first testifying that he saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner, things took a turn when SEAL Team Seven medic Corey Scott said during his testimony that he is the one who caused the death of the ISIS teen.

Scott claimed that he put his thumb over the ISIS prisoner’s breathing tube inserted in his mouth until the person asphyxiated. When asked if Gallagher killed the prisoner, Scott said, “No.”

“I knew he was going to die anyway,” Scott said. “I wanted to save him from waking up to what had happened next.”

Watch the video below:

The “highly irregular, highly unusual” testimony drew a response from Fox News’ senior judicial analyst, Andrew Napolitano, who said that “if it happens once in your lifetime, that’s a lot that a witness gets on the stand and says, ‘He didn’t do it, I did.'”

He continued:

“This is almost Perry Mason-like. […] What stands out to me is this is a government witness that the government chose to put on the stand, obviously, without thoroughly debriefing the witness as to what the witness is going to say. It’s almost unheard of for the government witness to say, ‘I did it.’

What also stands out to me is that this witness is under oath and made a public confession to murder and a war crime at the same time, which is obviously good news for the defendant but not good news for the witness.”

It’s unclear what will occur going forward.

President Donald Trump previously requested files of several military members accused or convicted of war crimes to consider pardoning them, including Gallagher, according to two U.S. officials. However, that request drew some hesitation from a Republican lawmaker, and Memorial Day weekend had passed, which is when it was expected to occur.

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Sidney Jolly
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Sidney Jolly

President Trump is in romantic love with people who take strong action to some goal — what he calls “killers” — even if the action is blatently criminal.

Amarr
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Amarr

I think Trump should stay out of it. Either we have a disciplined army or we have an army no better than many we condemn. If Trump pardons soldiers who killed enemy prisoners, then it will be difficult to maintain discipine.

I also think this was brilliant lawyering by the defense, but I wonder whether it is going to be possible to claim that the immunity granted to the witness will extend not only to the initial charge, but to the second one as well.

Tom Bodine
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Why are people worried about terrorist’s rights etc. ?, this kind of BS is how we end up with the MF”s in congress.

Joe
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Joe

I still of he opinion, kill them all and let God sort out the mess.

John
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John

Who really cares about this terrorist? His purpose in life was to kill American men and women in the military so who cares about his age. During the Middle Ages, he would have been declared a heretic and burned at the stake, so the creep was actually lucky.

Kenny
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Both the Seal medic and the CPO Seal should share a medal for doing in the ISIS scum bag. I can just see the Snow Flake Progressive/Socialist DimCraps jumping all over this post. Come out of your safe rooms and go for it!

Noah_Vaile
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Noah_Vaile

Scott had received immunity so the staate will have to find someone who will independently corroborate Scott’s assertion if they plan on charging him.

Neri Blas
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Neri Blas

It doesn’t make any sense for neither one of these fine soldiers are guilty of any crime. The ISIS terrorist should obviously be killed,and had I been there, I likely would have pulled his heart out myself.

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