Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was fired on Sunday by Defense Secretary Mark Esper amidst a controversy involving the pardon of a Navy Seal, Eddie Gallagher. According to a Pentagon spokesperson Eddie Gallagher who was acquitted for a murder charge, but was convicted for posing next to the corpse of an ISIS terrorist.
According to the statement published by Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman, the “Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher.”
After President Trump restored Gallagher’s rank the Navy was attempting to have Gallagher fired from the prestigious Navy Seals and have his Trident pin revoked. Gallagher was demoted to 1st Class Petty officer from Chief Petty Officer after his conviction earlier this year in July. However, Trump wouldn’t have any of it and decided to pardon Gallagher and restore his rank after a careful review of the underlying facts in Gallagher’s case.
That should have been the end of it, but not so for the Secretary of the Navy. The navy immediately after the pardon initiated a review of Gallagher’s status as a Navy Seal hoping to kick him out of the elite team and have him surrender his Navy seal trident.
When the President heard that the Navy was attempting to punish Gallagher despite his pardon, he decided to order the Navy to halt any further internal review into Gallagher’s actions in 2017 that led to the war crimes trial. Gallagher was found not guilty during the trial amid testimony by some of his peers clearly confirming that Gallagher was not the one responsible for the ISIS terrorist’s death.
Apparently Esper and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley were hoping to talk to the President on Friday and convince him to allow the Navy to continue the internal Trident review board to make the decision regarding Gallagher’s Trident pin. However, the two men were surprised to learn that Spencer had already spoken to the Co
mmander in Chief, the President, and had proposed to the White House to let Gallagher retire with his rank and the Trident pin intact. But Spencer never disclosed to the Defense Secretary that he had spoken to the White House nor did he disclose that he was making a proposal that did not match the stance Spencer has been taking in public.
In his proposal, Spencer tried to convince the President to let the Navy review board move forward while he, Spencer, would make sure that the outcome would be what the President was looking for.
Spencer assured the President that the review board would ultimately allow Gallagher to keep his Trident pin and rank. Some even suggest that Spencer was offering to fix the results of the review board to make sure the outcome was as promised.
But President Trump wouldn’t have any of it and told Spencer “No, we are done.” The President then went on his Twitter account and let the world know how he really feels like on so many other occasions.
“I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official,” Defense Secretary Esper stated. “Unfortunately, as a result, I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position. I wish Richard well.”
It is important to note that Spencer was not fired for standing up for military justice as many of the DNC controlled media outlets have been claiming. He was fired for dishonesty and attempting to undermine the military justice system by suggesting that the results of the review could and would be fixed.
Esper further confirmed that because of the recent events and the frenzied press coverage the case has garnered a fair hearing would be all but impossible and therefore he had no choice but to order that Gallagher should be allowed to keep his Trident pin.
Esper proposed to appoint Kenneth Braithwaite to replace Spencer. Later President Trump publicly announced that he is appointing Braithwaite for the position. Kenneth, a retired Navy rear admiral, is currently serving as the US ambassador to Norway.
Trump later wrote “A man of great achievement and success, I know Ken will do an outstanding job!” about Braithwaite. He also made clear that he was very unhappy with the way the Navy had handled the high-profile war crimes trial against Eddie Gallagher.
“He was treated very badly but, despite this, was completely exonerated on all major charges. I then restored Eddie’s rank. Likewise, large cost overruns from past administration’s contracting procedures were not addressed to my satisfaction,” Trump tweeted.
“Therefore, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s services have been terminated by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. I thank Richard for his service and commitment. Eddie will retire peacefully with all of the honors that he has earned, including his Trident pin.