Gallagher’s case has attracted a large number of supporters and more than 30 news media outlets, said Brian O’Rourke, a Navy spokesman.
The largest courtroom on Naval Base San Diego can accommodate only about 30 people. Once seating is reserved for Navy officials and those required by the prosecution and defense, there likely will not be enough seats for the public, he said.
They are planning to use a closed-circuit TV system for an audience in another courtroom, he said.
The issue came to a head at Gallagher’s arraignment Jan. 4. Priority was given to 11 members of the news media, leaving only five seats available for the 35 or so Gallagher supporters, O’Rourke said.
That’s when someone called Hunter.
It would be different, Woodruff said, if President Trump involves himself in the case. That would introduce issues of undue influence because, as Commander-in-Chief, Trump is at the top of the military chain of command.
“When the president gets involved, you start running into the unlawful command influence,” he said. “No good would come of the president getting involved.”