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Trump To Navy: Take Back Medals From Lawyers Who Prosecuted SEAL For War Crimes

Trump to Navy: Take back medalsPresident Donald Trump has ordered Pentagon officials to rescind medals awarded last month to military lawyers who unsuccessfully prosecuted a Navy SEAL for war crimes in the death of an Islamic State prisoner.

Trump, in a series of tweets Wednesday, said the medals were “ridiculously” given to military prosecutors involved in the court-martial against former Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, whose trial ended in acquittal on all but one charge: posing for a photo with the body of the dead Islamic State fighter.

“Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect [...] to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion,” Trump said of the prosecution team.

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Sen. Martha McSally, assault survivor, backs general accused of misconduct

Sen. Martha McSally

The general nominated to be the nation's No. 2 military officer got a boost at the outset of his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, as Sen. Martha McSally came to his defense and called allegations of sexual assault levied against him “false.”

McSally — a retired Air Force pilot who revealed this year that she was raped by a superior officer — came out with a staunch defense of Air Force Gen. John Hyten, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"To be clear, this wasn’t just a jump ball. Not a he said she said. Not a situation where we just couldn’t prove what allegedly happened," McSally said at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "I believe the truth still matters in our country. And the full truth was revealed in this process."

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Supreme Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall construction

SCOTUS: Trump can use Pentagon funds for wallThe Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Trump administration can start using military funds to construct a wall on the southern border, handing the president a major legal victory.

The court’s four liberal justices each at least partially dissented on the ruling.
President Trump hailed the news in a tweet, calling it "a Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!"
The administration had asked the justices earlier this month to temporarily pause lower court rulings that blocked officials from tapping some of the diverted Pentagon dollars for border wall construction.

'Mass Arrest' of US Marines on Camp Pendleton

Mass arrests of marines at Camo Pendelton

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Lance Corporals Byron Law II and David Salazar-Quintero on July 3 in east San Diego County. The agents reportedly saw three undocumented immigrants jump into the Marines’ car on Interstate 8, just north of the border.

According to a federal complaint obtained by NBC 7, the undocumented immigrants told border agents they had agreed to pay the Marines $8,000 to take them north from the border to Los Angeles, eventually intending to head to New Jersey.

A USMC spokeperson said the arrested Marines could be charged in military court or federal court. None of the Marines in question served in support of the Southewest Border Support mission.

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A Navy SEAL Platoon Is Pulled From Iraq Over Misconduct Reports

Seal Team Foxtrot 7 sent home for serious misconductThe platoon of Navy SEALs recently sent home from Iraq for drinking while deployed is at the center of a rape investigation, with a senior member accused of sexually assaulting a female service member, according to The New York Times.

A senior Navy official quoted byThe Times said a senior member of the Foxtrot Platoon of SEAL Team 7 was under investigation over claims he’d raped a female service member who was “attached to the platoon.” The entire platoon was sent home after commanders probing the allegation said all members invoked their right to remain silent on the matter.

Some members also consumed alcohol against regulations while at a July 4th party. Jeremiah Sullivan, an attorney representing one of the platoon members, told the Times there was an investigation looking into “reports of sexual assault and unauthorized drinking.”

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Trump says US Navy shot down Iranian drone in ‘defensive action,’ escalating tensions in Gulf region

US warship shoots down iranian drone

President Donald Trump on Thursday said a U.S. Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone in a defensive action.

Trump said the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, fired on the drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, destroying the aircraft.

The Boxer is part of a group of Navy ships that only just entered the strait on Thursday as part of an increased U.S. military presence in the region.

The incident came four weeks after Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone flying over international airspace the same area, in what American officials at the time called an “unprovoked attack.”

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Admiral who was to become Navy's top officer to retire instead, citing bad judgment

Admiral William Moran retires suddenlyAdm. Bill Moran had been selected to be Chief of Naval Operations, and his nomination was confirmed by the Senate in May. He had been slated to take over August 1.

The Secretary of the Navy has accepted Moran's request to retire.

USA TODAY has been seeking emails between Moran and a former Navy spokesman who had worked for Moran. Retired Navy Cdr. Chris Servello had also worked for Adm. John Richardson, the outgoing Chief of Naval Operations.

Servello and Richardson were rebuked by Navy officials after Servello had acted boorishly at an office Christmas party and Richardson was slow to discipline him.

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