Gallagher was charged with killing 17-year-old Khaled Jamal Abdullah in 2018, among other allegations. He was later acquitted after team members testified that he was not Gallagher who killed the prisoners. Gallagher was found guilty of photographing the bodies and demoted from Chief of Staff to First Class Petty Officer.
The case became national headlines and led to a shake-up of Navy leadership when President Donald Trump at the time intervened. Canceling the demolition and ordering the Navy not to remove Gallagher’s SEAL Trident, then Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired then Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to deal with the case.
On May 4th of “The Line”; Gallagher podcast says the group’s ‘intent’ is to kill ISIS fighters.
“The whole truth is that ISIS fighters were killed by us and at that time nobody had a problem with it… We killed that man. Our intention is to kill him. Everyone is on the boat,” Gallagher said. “It was to treat him with a medical situation until he died.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters in May that the Navy was investigating Gallagher’s comments under the Military Justice Code. Gallagher could be charged with perjury based on his comments.