There has been speculation that the case may widen to implicate others for not reporting what they witnessed. Prosecutors have already accused Gallagher’s platoon commander, Navy Lt. Jacob Portier, of not acting on the allegations. His attorney Jeremiah Sullivan said Portier was the first to report them to superiors and did so as soon as he learned of them. His arraignment hearing has not been scheduled yet.
But Navy spokesman Brian O’rourke said the case for now is focusing solely on Gallagher and Portier. “There is zero interest in taking action against any witnesses at this time,” O’rourke said.