Washington (CNN)An attorney for Navy SEAL chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher also represents the Trump Organization, CNN has learned, just days after reports surfaced indicating the President is considering pardoning Gallagher of charges that could constitute war crimes.
Lawyer for Navy SEAL accused of war crimes also works for Trump Organization
Gallagher faces a slew of accusations connected to violations of military law while he was deployed to the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2017, including premeditated murder in the stabbing death of an injured person in Iraq. He has pleaded not guilty.
Trump Organization lawyer Marc Mukasey started working on the case in recent months, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, a former business partner of Trump ally and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also is helping with Gallagher's case. Kerik, who once served three years in federal prison for charges including tax fraud and lying to officials, was nominated as homeland security secretary by President George W. Bush but withdrew from consideration due to potential tax violations.
He has regularly appeared on Fox News as a surrogate for the President.
Lead defense attorney Tim Parlatore confirmed Wednesday that Mukasey, who is also involved in legal efforts to block House lawmakers from accessing President Donald Trump's financial records, is "one of the attorneys on Chief Gallagher's team."
Kerik has been working with Gallagher's lawyers for "two to three months" as a strategist and investigator, one of the sources familiar with the situation said.
Task & Purpose was first to report that Mukasey and Kerik are involved in the case.
Parlatore previously represented Fox News host Pete Hegseth, who has privately encouraged the President to pardon some United States servicemen accused of war crimes, including Gallagher, a person familiar with the conversations told CNN on Tuesday.
Hegseth has not publicly disclosed his efforts to help the servicemen, despite discussing their cases on his show "Fox & Friends." The Daily Beast was first to report the news of Hegseth's efforts.
"I have represented him in the past," Parlatore said of the Fox host, adding that he is not currently involved in any active cases for Hegseth and that his ties to the Fox News host had nothing to do with him joining Gallagher's legal team.
"I was recommended to this case by Commissioner Kerik," Parlatore added, speaking to reporters in San Diego. Gallagher "brought us in to ... provide a more aggressive defense."