Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation after he learned that Spencer had been in conversations with the White House to try to strike a deal allowing Gallagher to keep his treasured Trident pin if the White House didn’t interfere in Navy proceedings to determine whether Gallagher could stay in the SEALs, as IJR has previously reported.
In a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner, Gallagher thanked Trump for “correcting all the wrongs that were done to me.”
“President Donald Trump, you have my deepest gratitude and thanks. You stepped in numerous times and showed true moral fiber by correcting all the wrongs that were being done to me.”
He continued to say that Trump is a “true leader and exactly what the military and this nation needs.”
“You are a true leader and exactly what the military and this nation needs. God bless you and your family.”
Trump had previously restored Gallagher’s rank after the Navy demoted him following his conviction for unlawfully taking a picture with the dead body of an Islamic State fighter.
Trump most recently objected to the Navy taking away Gallagher’s Trident pin and kicking him out of the SEALs, which led to a showdown that ultimately led to Spencer’s departure.
The timing of Spencer’s resignation turned out to be fortuitous for Gallagher, who directed his lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, to draft a letter saying he would give up his Trident pin.
But shortly after he made his decision, Esper announced that he had asked for Spencer’s resignation and on Monday morning said that Gallagher would be allowed to keep his Trident pin.
Parlatore told the Navy Times that Spencer’s departure was not “a twist any of us saw coming.”
“This isn’t a twist any of us saw coming. From the beginning, my primary responsibility was to save Eddie Gallagher’s life, then to save his reputation, but Eddie Gallagher loves the Navy, and he loves the SEAL teams. He’s been falsely accused of attacking the institution, but it’s an institution we both love and want to improve.”
He continued to say that Spencer’s departure means, “No one will go through the ordeal Eddie went through. At the end of the day, the most important duty any of us have is protecting America. This case is completely bananas.”