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Marine vet congressman defends taking pictures with dead enemy combatants, admits he has before

Congressman Duncan Hunter, chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, learns about the missions of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 in San Diego March 11, 2015. The congressman visited the MSST to learn about the unit’s missions, capabilities and roles they perform as a deployable specialized force. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson/released)

A US Congressman and Marine veteran from California admitted to taking a photo with a dead enemy combatant during wartime, offering solidarity with a Navy SEAL charged in a similar incident.

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has demanded a pardon for Edward Gallagher, a US Navy SEAL charged with stabbing a teenage ISIS fighter with a “hunting knife” and re-enlisting over the insurgent’s corpse.

While Hunter did not go as far as Gallagher, he admitted to posing next to a dead combatant.

“A lot of us have done the exact same thing,” Hunter said as he condemned what he called a “corrupt” military justice system that seems adamant on punishing “warfighters.”

Hunter is one of several Republican lawmakers who want to see Gallagher released, and President Donald J. Trump -who got the SEAL moved from the brig to a military hospital- is also considering a pardon.

According to Time, Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, have plead not guilty to charges filed against them in 2017, accusing them of converting more than $250,000 in campaign contributions for personal use.

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