UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Sat. May 25, 2019
The wife of a Navy SEAL accused of murder is denying there is any conflict of interest between her husband’s legal team and President Trump.
the issue was raised after the president’s personal attorney Mark Mukasey and longtime Trump Associate Bernard Kerik joined the Defense team for Chief Edward Gallagher.
President Trump has since hinted at a possible Memorial Day pardon for the 39-year-old combat veteran and two other men.
Friday Gallagher’s wife, Andrea, said the president has not officially reached out to them about the pardon, but she added if he does, it would be well within his constitutional authority to do so.
“I think that the Commander-in-Chief can do whatever he wants and it’s in his constitutional rights to give pardons to people before or after trial,” said Gallagher. “I think his indication today indicates he would let these cases go to trial and that people could probably beat them on face value. In our case, we’re ready to go to trial, we’re ready to beat this on face trial. We have the facts, truth and evidence on our side and this will be a huge black eye for the navy.”
Gallagher’s court-martial was supposed to begin in Southern California next week, however it was postponed over complaints the lead prosecutor in the case may have been spying on the Defense.