Decorated Navy SEAL Edward "Eddie" Gallagher joined "Fox & Friends" Wednesday in an exclusive interview after being found guilty of murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage Islamic state member in Iraq.
Gallagher, accused of killing a 15-year-old ISIS fighter in 2017 and embarking on the body of images, told Pete Hegseth that he was grateful to those who supported him through the process, including co-workers, President Trump and Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Ralph Norman.
Gallagher, 40, was joined by his wife, Andrea, and lawyer Tim Parlatore. He was asked to be described in several media reports as an accused war criminal.
"I think they were trying to hit me as a get-go criminal. But we knew the truth all the time. We knew I was innocent of these charges. I overcame it by having my strong wife with me all the time and my legal team is fighting for me, "he said.
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Gallagher faces seven criminal charges in all. Six of the most serious charges included pre-mediated murder, intentionally firing a firearm to endanger human life, retaliating against members of his peloton to report his alleged actions, preventing justice and attempting murder of two noncombatants. On all these charges, the San Diego jury found him not guilty.
Lawyers found him guilty of the seventh charge and constituted an image of an accident considered as the least illegal of the crimes carrying a maximum prison
Gallagher earned nine months in prison pending trial but became released before the trial in late May.
Almost a dozen members of Gallagher's peloton testified to him and revealed that almost all the peloton members posed for images with the dead prison and witness to Gallagher read his re-ed ed near the body, actions prosecutors said showed that Gallagher was "proud" of his actions.
Gallagher said a small group of SEAL's "concocted" accusations against him and argued that they did not represent the SEAL community as a whole.
"This has made a faint eye on this society. I want the nation to know that this is not what our society is about. This society is full of elite warriors that I have been honored and blessed to work with the last 20 years, "he said.
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Maybe The biggest bomb hole in the case took place on June 20, when Gallagher's colleague, Special Operator 1
Parlatore said he suspected Scott might have strangled the ISIS fighter after interviewing him before the trial, but Scott did not fully accept it before taking the stand.
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"In that moment I struck Eddie in the leg and said" we got him "," he recalled. "
Andrea Gallagher said it was a" surreal moment "that heard the verdict Tuesday and said the family was" terrorized. "
" Now everyone in the counter can see what we've seen all the time: my husband is a hero, "she said, adding that she is obliged to make sure that this doesn't happen to other US service members.  Fox News & # 39; Vandana Rambaran has contributed to this report.