'The guy is freaking evil': New York Times releases explosive video of Navy SEALS talking about SEAL accused of war crimes

  • On November 15, President Donald Trump granted clemency to three members of the military convicted or charged with war crimes — a controversial move that was at odds with those at the Pentagon.
  • One of those men was Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who had his rank restored by the president after being demoted by the Navy to petty officer 1st class.
  • The latest episode of The New York Times' show "The Weekly," show members of SEAL Team 7 who reported Gallagher talking to investigators about him in shocking and sometimes emotional interviews.
  • "The guy is freaking evil, man," Special Operator First Class Craig Miller says in the video.
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On November 15, President Donald Trump granted clemency to three members of the military who were either convicted of or charged with war crimes — a controversial move that was at odds with the Pentagon.

One of those men was Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who was accused of killing a teenage ISIS fighter in US custody in Iraq and of shooting at Iraqi civilians.

In July 2019, a jury acquitted Gallagher of all counts but one in an extraordinary trial that saw prosecutorial interference and intervention by Trump.

He was found guilty of posing with the body of the dead ISIS fighter, and Trump's action last month restored Gallagher's rank after the Navy court demoted him to petty officer 1st class.

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FILE - In this Thursday, May 30, 2019, file photo, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, in San Diego. Edward Gallagher, who has been charged with allegedly killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care and attempted murder for the shootings of two Iraq civilians in 2017, is scheduled to go on trial Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Watson, File)
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in San Diego. Jury selection continued Tuesday morning in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
Edward Gallagher, a US Navy Special Operations Chief facing murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner, leaves a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors, graphic element on gray
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, hugs his wife, Andrea Gallagher, after leaving a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in San Diego. The decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
U.S. Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher's defense attorney Tim Parlatore speaks to the media after opening arguments in the soldier's court-martial trial at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California , U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves court with his wife Andrea, her name tattooed on his wrist, after the first day of jury selection at this court-martial trial at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California , U.S., June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former U.S. army member King Cohn arrives at court to support U.S. Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher during the first day of jury selection at the court-martial trial at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California , U.S., June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The entrance to the courthouse at Naval Base San Diego is shown where jury selection begins in the court-martial trial of U.S. Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher in San Diego, California , U.S., June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Defence attorney Timothy Parlatore, representing US Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, speaks with reporters at a pre-trial hearing for Gallagher's court martial for alleged war crimes in Iraq, in San Diego, California, U.S., May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Earnie Grafton
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In the latest episode of The New York Times' show "The Weekly," videos show members of SEAL Team 7 talking to investigators about Gallagher in shocking and sometimes emotional interviews.

"The guy is freaking evil, man," Special Operator First Class Craig Miller says in the video.

"I think he just wants to kill anybody he can," Special Operator First Class Corey Scott tells investigators. Another SEAL Team 7 member calls him "toxic."

In addition to restoring his rank, Trump also intervened to allow Gallagher to keep his Trident, which signified that he was a Navy SEAL. Gallagher retired earlier this year. He has denied the charges and said that the allegations were concocted by unhappy members of the platoon to force him out.

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