Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, announced Wednesday he had sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to intervene in the case of a San Diego-based Navy SEAL being held at the Navy Consolidated Brig on MCAS Miramar.
Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward R. Gallagher, 39, is charged with committing multiple war crimes while on deployment in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017. He is charged with premeditated murder, shooting civilians and with attempting to obstruct justice by intimidating witnesses.
He was arrested on Sept. 11 and has been confined to a military brig since. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 19.
On Monday, Hunter visited Gallagher in the brig for about 45 minutes to an hour, according to Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison.
In a letter to the president, dated Monday, Hunter — who himself served as a Marine infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan — says the conditions at the brig are no way to treat an “American war hero.”