NYC Pride Parade 2019: Thousands march for WorldPride — live updates – CNN

The FX drama “Pose” has been a big presence at today’s parade, with members of the cast serving as grand marshals and a group from the show marching in the parade.

The TV series, which depicts the ballroom world of 1980s and 1990s New York, is renowned for its LGBTQ cast, including Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson and Billy Porter, among others. The show features an unprecedented number of transgender actors as series regulars.

‘Pose’ has gained a loyal following for the way it tackles serious themes like HIV/AIDS, poverty and harassment faced by the LGBTQ community while at the same time capturing their resilience.

“It has arguably never been more important for us to see transgender characters on TV finding happiness wherever they can against a backdrop of heartbreak,” journalist and author Samantha Allen wrote in an op-ed for CNN.

Tensions between trans women and gay men boil over at Stonewall anniversary

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A black transgender woman wanted to be heard, but the white men wanted to celebrate.

People gather outside The Stonewall Inn, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, in the Greenwich village area of New York, U.S., June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The scene at New York City’s Stonewall Inn on Saturday, as reported by multiple witnesses on social media, showed how long-simmering tensions between transgender women of color and white gay men have boiled over during the celebration of World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

The unidentified woman wanted to address the crowd inside the Greenwich Village gay bar where patrons fought back against police harassment 50 years ago, birthing the LGBTQ movement. She arrived unannounced and disrupted a drag show, drawing an unfriendly response at first. The crowd eventually warmed and she was given the microphone and spoke for 12 minutes.

“She read the names of the black trans women who died. Facts about them. Their obituaries. She called on everyone in the bar to help. I would like to say the audience was respectful, but there was quite a bit of chatter and a few jeers,” witness Aspen Eberhardt, finance manager of the gay rights group PFLAG, wrote on Twitter.

For many gay men, this weekend’s celebration is about finally being able to live their true lives, unafraid to declare who they love and being grateful for achieving virtual equality, at least in places like Greenwich Village, where the rebellion began.

But many transgender women of color, representing the T in the LGBTQ community, have seized the moment to air their grievances, such as suffering from higher levels of unemployment and homelessness as their cisgender gay and lesbian brethren.

“If pride month is the only time you talk about these issues, that’s probably a sign you should look into just how privileged you are,” said Darya Shirvani, 19, a white Los Angeles college student.

Moreover, trans women are often the target of violence. Some 65 transgender people, nearly all trans women of color, have been murdered in the United States since 2017, according to Human Rights Watch.

“The trans community has not made the same progress as the cis gay community has. And I think it’s important to call attention to that especially because pride was started by trans people. We’ve been largely abandoned by the gay rights movement,” said Calamity Alexis, 19, a preschool teacher living in Brooklyn who uses both he and she pronouns.

Certainly many gay white men are active in promoting transgender rights, recognizing that transgender women of color in particular suffer from discrimination in ways they did 50 years ago. Mainstream gay rights groups often make a point of standing up for trans women.

“Growing up as a gay man in Texas, I found strength in that the rest of the community was there for me. And now, with where we are now, it’s my responsibility to be there for the rest of the community,” said Brett Donaldson, 28, a white gay man from New York.

But there is still lingering resentment born out of the movement’s origins. Two early pioneers of the Stonewall movement from the beginning in 1969 were transgender women of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. But within four years, “drag queens,” as they were called then, were banned from the annual gay pride parade that Johnson and Rivera helped launch.

At the Trans Day of Action, a rally in New York’s Washington Square Park on Friday, people shouted: “Who started this fight?”

The crowd responded: “Trans women of color.”

Qweenb. Amor, 30, a nursing student from New Orleans and a trans Latina, said her activism on this topic was “an act of survival.”

“Gay men, they can assimilate. The rest of us don’t have the right or the privilege to blend in. We can’t blend in,” Amor said. “This is what it is and we need full force from the community to stand behind us.”

Reporting by Matthew Lavietes; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

Trump says ICE raids will happen after July Fourth holiday unless we do something pretty miraculous

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Congress passed an emergency bill to address the humanitarian crisis on the border after migrant deaths, and CBP claims facilities are out of funds.
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said the nationwide raids by immigration authorities that were delayed last week are planned to take place sometime after the July Fourth holiday. 

The raids planned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in major cities across the nation were delayed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Trump. The president announced June 22, a day before the raids were reported to begin, that he would give Congress two weeks to work on asylum laws and the flow of migrants at the southern U.S. border. 

Trump, during a news conference after the G-20 summit in Japan, said that was still the plan despite Congress being on recess this upcoming week. House Democrats have pointed to the recess — which would impede the House from passing a bill on the issue — as a reason to the delay the raids. The operation was set to take place in 10 major cities and was aimed at rounding up undocumented immigrants and deporting them, according to various media outlets, including The Washington Post. 

“Unless we do something pretty miraculous,” the president said the raids would happen “sometime after July Fourth.”

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“We will be removing large numbers of people,” Trump said. He added the process for reforming asylum laws should be easy, though presidents for decades have struggled with such legislation. 

“We could do it quickly, we could do it in a day, we could do it in an hour,” Trump said. “We could reform asylum very quickly.”

The president said tougher laws and a wall along the border could help halt this flow of migrants and prevent deaths like that of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria, who drowned in the Rio Grande river in Mexico. A harrowing photo of the father and daughter face down in the river was published Tuesday by the Associated Press and renewed debate over the U.S. immigration system. 

“If they thought it was hard to get in, they wouldn’t be coming up,” Trump said. “So many lives would be saved.” 

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This week, Congress passed an emergency funding bill to help alleviate the worsening crisis at the southern border. The $4.6 billion will help fund migrant detention centers, which were nearly out of cash due to the surge of families traveling to the border, including a large number from Central America. 

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The bipartisan Senate measure led to an impasse in the House and requests for added restrictions to make conditions safer for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. It passed after a tense back-and-forth between the Senate and House and led to infighting among House Democrats. The bill now heads to Trump’s desk for signature.

Trump applauded the legislation and Pelosi, who was thrust into the middle of the debate within her party and sought to make everyone pleased with the legislation. 

“She really worked with us,” Trump said. 

But Trump’s timeframe wasn’t enough to get both the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House to directly take on immigration laws this week. And due to the holiday recess, there’s virtually no chance Trump’s two-week deadline will be met. 

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Cory Booker takes aim at Joe Bidens hoodie language about race

Joe Biden, the current frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, once again came under criticism from a another candidate from his party over the topic of race.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey took issue with language Biden used when speaking at a Rainbow PUSH luncheon on Friday about ways in which he would help to uplift African American communities.

While discussing the need for criminal justice reform, Biden said people must continue to work toward recognizing blacks as equals so that African American mothers, like the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in Florida in 2012, no longer have to fear that their sons will be shot whenever they are away from home.

“We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” Biden said.

The use of the word “gangbanger” drew criticism on social media, including from Booker, who suggested that Biden lacks a qualification for the Democratic nominee of being able to talk about race constructively.

“This isn’t about a hoodie,” Booker tweeted. “It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”

The Biden campaign released a statement Saturday.

“Vice President Biden, like many leaders over the years, was calling direct attention to the daily experiences faced by many African American men around the country and the perceived so-called ‘threat’ from people like Trayvon Martin who were racially profiled and deemed ‘criminal’ while wearing a hoodie,” said Jamal Brown, national press secretary for the campaign.

“As the context of his remarks noted, we need to ‘Make sure black mothers feel confident when they send their child, their son, out on the streets that they’re going to feel safe.'”

This comes as Biden has faced mounting criticism for some of his past positions on racial issues as well as his close relationships with noted segregationists, Sens. James Eastland, D-Miss., and Herman Talmadge, D-Ga.

Earlier this month, Biden and Booker went back and forth over Biden’s lauding the “civility” of the 1970s and ‘80s in the Senate when he was able to work with those two segregationist senators.

Booker said Biden should apologize; Biden said Booker should apologize to him for his criticism.

Biden again seemed to stumble on the issue of race at Thursday’s Democratic debate when Sen. Kamala Harris of California directly attacked his past opposition to federally mandated school busing to integrate schools.

On Friday before a largely African American crowd, Biden laid out his vision for universal pre-K and for improving teaching quality for all children. He also said he would repeal President Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy in an effort to direct more money toward helping middle-class and low-income Americans.

Poll: Biden support sinks, Harris moves up to third place after Democratic debate | TheHill

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisAfter fractious Democratic debate, Perez tries to draw contrast to Trump Castro slams Trump Jr. as ‘coward’ for giving voice to questions about Harris’s racial heritage Why President Trump was the real winner of the Democratic debates MORE (D-Calif.) surged into third place among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates following what many considered a standout debate performance on Thursday, according to a new Morning Consult poll

The survey, which was released on Saturday, found that 12 percent of potential Democratic primary voters chose Harris, who made headlines for confronting former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBooker: Biden causing ‘frustration’ and ‘pain’ with his words After fractious Democratic debate, Perez tries to draw contrast to Trump Castro slams Trump Jr. as ‘coward’ for giving voice to questions about Harris’s racial heritage MORE about his past views on busing, as their favored presidential nominee. The figure represents a 6 percentage point surge from an identical poll released last week. 

Harris still trails Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKudlow hits Democratic candidates’ economic policies: ‘I don’t understand what planet they’re describing’ Sanders hits Trump on North Korea visit: ‘We need real diplomacy’ Democratic debates didn’t knock out frontrunners — but Kamala Harris got a big boost MORE (I-Vt.) and Biden by solid margins. But Morning Consult noted that Harris’ surge came at the expense of Biden, who saw his support drop by five points from last week. 

Thirty-three percent of respondents picked Biden as their top choice. Meanwhile, 19 percent of respondents said Sanders was their preferred choice. 

Twelve percent of possible Democratic primary voters said they’d choose Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKudlow hits Democratic candidates’ economic policies: ‘I don’t understand what planet they’re describing’ Democratic debates didn’t knock out frontrunners — but Kamala Harris got a big boost Repeat of border aid battle expected with Homeland Security bill MORE (D-Mass.) as the party’s presidential nominee. It was a decrease of 1 point and good enough to place her in a tie for third with Harris. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWhy President Trump was the real winner of the Democratic debates Democratic debates didn’t knock out frontrunners — but Kamala Harris got a big boost 2020 Democrats defend Harris over conspiracy theories about race, citizenship MORE appeared ahead of Harris in the previous Morning Consult poll, with 7 percent of respondents saying they’d vote for him. He received 6 percent of the support to sit in fourth place in the most recent survey. 

Harris’s rise comes on the heels of a commanding performance on the second night of the first 2020 presidential debates. At one point, the California senator engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Biden after she criticized his opposition to busing to desegregate schools. 

“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” Harris said to Biden. “That little girl was me.”

 

Biden called Harris’s criticism a “mischaracterization” of his views, saying that his issue was with the Department of Education administering busing policies. 

 

The Morning Consult post-debate poll was conducted between June 27 and June 28 among a 2,407 registered voters who said they were considering voting in a Democratic primary or caucus in their state. It has a margin of error of 2 points. 

Chuck Schumer weighs in on Dominican Republic deaths, says ATF should also investigate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) should assist the FBI and local authorities to determine what caused the deaths of at least 10 Americans who vacationed to the Dominican Republic since June 2018.

Schumer noted that the agency has offices in the Caribbean and its technical and forensic expertise could aid the ongoing investigations.

“Given that we still have a whole lot of questions and very few answers into just what, if anything, is cause for the recent spate of sicknesses and several deaths of Americans in the Dominican Republic, the feds should double their efforts on helping get to the bottom of things,” Schumer told The Associated Press.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Schumer called on the U.S. government Sunday, June 30, to step up its efforts to investigate the deaths of Americans who traveled to the Dominican Republic and is asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to get involved. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Schumer called on the U.S. government Sunday, June 30, to step up its efforts to investigate the deaths of Americans who traveled to the Dominican Republic and is asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to get involved. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Local officials have said the American tourists have died of natural causes, but the victim’s family members believe authorities should investigate to determine if the deaths were caused by alcohol or misused pesticides.

ATF spokeswoman April Langwell said the Treasury Department primarily handles investigations involving potentially tainted alcohol. But she said ATF has offered its assistance and would work with other law enforcement agencies to keep Americans safe.

The FBI has already analyzed alcohol samples from at least one minibar in the Dominican Republic resort, Bahia Principe La Romana, and the Ministry of Health communications director, Carlos Suero told CNN that a toxicology test was being run on the samples.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana decided to remove liquor dispensers from their minibars in guest rooms following the deaths in the hotel. Family members have said that at least three people died after drinking from their hotel minibars in various resorts.

The general manager of the resort, Erica Lopez told CNN the decision to remove the liquor dispensers was not made in reaction to the deaths but hopes it will “provide more tranquility for guests.”

Paradise beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. At least a dozen American tourists have died on the island in recent months.

Paradise beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. At least a dozen American tourists have died on the island in recent months.
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Autopsies for nine of those who died at various Dominican Republic results were completed, however, authorities are awaiting further toxicology results with assistance from the FBI for three of those cases – including a couple who died together inside their hotel room.

COLORADO MAN VISITING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DIES, RELATIVES SAY THEIR QUESTIONS TO AUTHORITIES GOING UNANSWERED

Francisco Javier Garcia, the tourism minister in the Dominican Republic, has said the deaths were a normal phenomenon and not mysterious.

“It’s not true these deaths were mysterious. Science also exists here in the Dominican Republic,” García told AP. “We have determined the cause of death of all the deaths that have happened here. There are no mysterious deaths here in the Dominican Republic.”

The U.S. State Department says over 2.7 million people visit the Dominican Republic every year and they feel there is no reason to be concerned.

“We have not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen deaths reported to the department,” an official at the State Department told NPR.

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Flights to the island have decreased 74 percent since reports of the deaths surfaced.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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GOP senator: ‘Underestimate Joe Biden at your own peril’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, served alongside former Vice President Joe Biden in the Senate. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

Former Vice President Joe Biden needs to “up his game” after underperforming at last week’s Democratic presidential debate, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said, but other candidates shouldn’t underestimate him in the crowded presidential primary race.

“The narrative is that maybe it’s not his time and that he’s not up to the task,” Graham said in an interview on “Face the Nation” taped Saturday. “I think you will … underestimate Joe Biden at your own peril.”

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Biden came under attack from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during Thursday’s presidential primary debate over his opposition to federal court-ordered busing implemented to desegregate schools, which Biden calls a misrepresentation of his record.

“He’s got to up his game,” Graham critiqued, but added: “There’s not a racist bone in his body.”

Graham also praised Harris, a fellow senator whose attack on Biden was a key moment in Thursday’s primary debate in Miami.

“One thing I’ll say about Kamala Harris, and I said this before: She’s got game,” Graham said. “She is very talented, she’s very smart, and she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, served alongside Biden in the Senate. Biden has underscored his lengthy record in the Senate and contends, despite years of partisan gridlock, that he could work with Republicans on Capitol Hill who have previously obstructed Democratic aims.

Graham — who criticized Trump during the 2016 presidential election but has since become a staunch ally of the president — also slammed Democrats’ policy proposals as “pretty liberal, pretty extreme.”

“I watched the debate,” he said. “The policy options being presented to the country by the leading contenders on the Democratic side are their biggest problem.”

Rubio calls for legislation to keep Huawei restrictions in place | TheHill

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCan new US Strategy on Women, Peace & Security give women a real seat at the table? Ask Afghan women Rubio calls for legislation to keep Huawei restrictions in place The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Rough night for Biden MORE (R-Fla.) vowed legislative action on Saturday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpOcasio-Cortez knocks Trump for bringing Ivanka to G20 summit Klobuchar on Trump’s North Korea visit: Diplomacy is not like ‘bringing a hot dish over the fence to the dictator next door’ After fractious Democratic debate, Perez tries to draw contrast to Trump MORE said that he would lift a ban on U.S. companies doing business with Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Rubio predicted in a tweet that a veto-proof majority in the Senate would act to reinstate the ban and other restrictions on Huawei if Trump was serious about lifting them.

“If President Trump has in fact bargained away the recent restrictions on #Huawei, then we will have to get those restrictions put back in place through legislation,” Rubio tweeted, adding: “And it will pass with a large veto proof majority.”

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLuis Alvarez, 9/11 first responder who testified alongside Jon Stewart, dies Trump to allow US companies to sell products to Huawei House holds moment of silence for drowned migrant father and daughter MORE (N.Y.) on Saturday also pushed back on Trump’s reported move, which the president announced while attending the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Japan.

“Huawei is one of few potent levers we have to make China play fair on trade. If President @realDonaldTrump backs off, as it appears he is doing, it will dramatically undercut our ability to change China’s unfair trades practices,” Schumer tweeted.

The U.S. government has designated Huawei as a national security threat due to concerns over Huawei’s proximity to Chinese intelligence services and the People’s Liberation Army.

Trump announced during a news conference at the G-20 summit in Osaka on Saturday that he would allow U.S. companies to sell products to Huawei after speaking with China’s President Xi Jinping.

“U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” Trump said. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it.”

The Trump administration and China have battled over trade policy for months, with Huawei front and center in the negotiations.

The company’s CFO Meng Wanzhou is currently battling extradition to the U.S. on charges of bank and wire fraud.

What you should know about the trial of a Navy SEAL before closing arguments

Gallagher’s defense team rested its case Friday, two days after it began calling witnesses to refute the narrative put forth by Navy prosecutors who said Gallagher not only killed the young prisoner, but also posed for photos next to his corpse, shot at noncombatants and intimidated other SEALs who might report him. The actions allegedly occurred during his deployment to Mosul, Iraq, in 2017.

Gallagher, a special operations chief, pleaded not guilty to the charges in January. If convicted of murder, he faces life in prison.

The case has caught the eye of President Donald Trump, who has expressed sympathy for Gallagher on Twitter and is
reportedly mulling a pardon for the SEAL.

Here’s a breakdown of the cases Navy prosecutors and Gallagher’s defense attorneys have presented over nearly the past two weeks, based on witness testimony.

The prosecution’s case

The prosecution rested its case after calling 14 witnesses in six days, including fellow SEALs who served alongside Gallagher and testified their chief stabbed a young ISIS prisoner and shot at noncombatants, including elderly men and young teenage girls.

SEALs say Gallagher stabbed ISIS prisoner

The stakes are highest for Gallagher when it comes to the accusation that he stabbed a teenage ISIS prisoner, whom one witness described as frail, weak and injured.

Witnesses say Navy SEAL took photos with a corpse and shot at unarmed civiliansWitnesses say Navy SEAL took photos with a corpse and shot at unarmed civilians

Other SEALs who served alongside Gallagher testified they saw Gallagher stab the ISIS fighter. SEAL Special Operations Chief Craig Miller testified he saw Gallagher stab the prisoner “on the right side of his neck, toward the jugular vein.”

A forensic pathologist later testified that the stabbing described by the witnesses “could result in massive hemorrhaging into the chest … or death.”

He conceded on cross-examination he could not determine the actual cause of death — there was no known autopsy — and made his conclusion based on the information and evidence he was provided, including photos and witness testimony.

He posed for pictures with prisoner’s body, witnesses say

Several SEALs testified during the first week they saw Gallagher take pictures with the body. Miller and Officer Thomas MacNeil both admitted to taking a group photo with the body. MacNeil said he didn’t know the circumstances of the prisoner’s death at the time.

Miller realized that was unprofessional, he said, adding he immediately reported the killing to his superior. He testified that Gallagher later asked him, “Who’s not good with it?”

Former SEAL Dylan Dille told the court he saw Gallagher pose for individual and group photos with the body. Dille never posed for the photos because he said he “felt it was irresponsible.”

He allegedly intimidated other SEALs

Following the alleged stabbing, MacNeil said he and others were told to delete the photos. He claimed Gallagher later said, “If you take me down, I’ll take all of you down.”

According to Dille, upon returning to base, Gallagher told him and other SEALs, “I know you’re not alright with what happened, but it’s just an ISIS dirtbag. Next time if I get a prisoner, I’ll do this where you can’t see what happens.”

Witnesses say he shot at noncombatants

Dille also said that during a sniper mission he saw Gallagher shoot at civilians, including an elderly man and two women in hijabs. In the case of the elderly man, Dille said they were in position and saw two men standing on a corner. He heard a rifle shot; one man was hit, struggled, but got away.

Dille testified he heard Gallagher say over the radio, “Oh I thought I missed.”

Dalton Tolbert, another witness, said he fired a warning shot at an old man during a sniper mission with Gallagher. The man ran away, Tolbert said, but fell after another sniper fired. Tolbert claimed he heard a voice that sounded like Gallagher on the radio say, “You guys missed but I got him.”

A third witness said he heard shots fired from Gallagher’s position during another sniper mission. Joshua Vriens said he saw four girls who looked to be between the ages of 12 and 14. After the shot, one girl clutched her stomach and fell down.

All three admitted on cross-examination they did not actually see Gallagher fire the shot. Dille said he based his accusation on the vapor trail that he said emanated from Gallagher’s position.

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On cross-examination, Tolbert was confronted by defense attorneys about texts he sent in a group chat with other SEALs shortly before the trial started. Two of them said, “Somebody fire this p***y a** f*****g judge” and “This legal process is a joke.”

Tolert said the messages were written out of frustration.

The defense’s case

Defense attorney Tim Parlatore has portrayed Gallagher as an “old-school, hard-charging warrior,” targeted by his younger comrades who harbored a “personal animosity” toward him.

Witness claims he killed the prisoner, not Gallagher

Perhaps the most compelling moment of the defense team’s case came during its cross-examination of one of the prosecution’s own witnesses.

Special Operator First Class Corey Scott, a SEAL medic, said that while he’d seen Gallagher stab the prisoner, he was the one who “suffocated” him.

“I held my thumb over his trach tube until he asphyxiated,” he said, referring to a tube inserted into the prisoner’s neck during a tracheotomy to help him breathe.

He suggested it was an act of mercy because he was concerned the boy — a prisoner of the Iraqi forces — would be tortured by the Iraqis.

Scott, who testified under immunity, had not admitted to killing the prisoner in previous interviews with investigators and prosecutors.

The defense made a motion to dismiss the case based on Scott’s testimony, but was denied.

According to an email obtained by CNN earlier this week, Navy prosecutors are exploring a possible perjury charge against Scott. The email from the Navy to Scott’s lawyer said he “reportedly testified directly contrary to previous official statements — thus exposing him to prosecution.”

Navy officials at the Pentagon declined to comment on the potential charges, as did Scott’s attorney.

Corey Scott, a Navy SEAL medic (center with shaved head looking forward), claimed that he, not Eddie Gallagher, killed a young ISIS prisoner while they were deployed to Mosul in 2017.Corey Scott, a Navy SEAL medic (center with shaved head looking forward), claimed that he, not Eddie Gallagher, killed a young ISIS prisoner while they were deployed to Mosul in 2017.

Attorneys question investigators’ methods

There were tense exchanges between defense attorneys and investigators from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) who raided Gallagher’s home and looked for evidence.

On cross-examination, Parlatore aggressively questioned investigator Brian Frank, who led the raid on the home. The defense attorney claimed two of Gallagher’s children — who were 8 and 18 at the time — “were dragged out of their house in their underwear” by armed investigators. Frank defended investigators’ actions, saying it’s “standard protocol” to remove everyone from a house during a raid.

The defense said methods by another investigator, Joseph Warpinski, were flawed and prejudiced against Gallagher from the beginning. Pressed by defense attorney Eric Mukasey, Warpinski acknowledged “there were definitely some mistakes.”

Gallagher thought he shot at ISIS combatant, not citizen, SEAL says

Another SEAL deployed to Mosul contradicted allegations Gallagher shot at an elderly man who was a noncombatant during a sniper mission.

Joshua Graffam, who testified under immunity, said he was acting as a spotter for Gallagher — using binoculars and range finders to help his partner monitor targets — when he saw two men he thought were ISIS fighters. He told Gallagher, who agreed.

Trump: Navy SEAL charged with murder moving to 'less restrictive confinement'Trump: Navy SEAL charged with murder moving to 'less restrictive confinement'

Gallagher fired and appeared to hit one of the men. Graffam said he didn’t know what happened to the man, but said he wasn’t as old as other witnesses said. He looked to be in his 40s or 50s, he said, and was dressed in all black.

Graffam said Gallagher never took any shots he shouldn’t have.

Asked whether he would deploy with Gallagher again, Graffam said he would.

Another witness, Special Operations Master Chief Brian Alazzawi, said no one ever complained about Gallagher shooting at civilians or stabbing a prisoner while on deployment.

Witnesses testify to challenging environment

Other defense witnesses detailed for the court the trying circumstances Gallagher and the other SEALs were in during their deployment to Mosul.

Andrew Christian, a retired Marine who was deployed to Mosul with Gallagher and his team, said the forces saw combat on a “daily basis.” ISIS soldiers were often commanded to fight to the death, he said, and he’d captured ISIS soldiers who dressed as women.

Another Marine, Josh Vanderpool, said Mosul was a “high combat environment” and that Gallagher was sometimes “frustrated” with certain SEALs’ work ethics. Gallagher, Vanderpool said, sometimes asked, “What do you guys do to avoid civilian casualties?”

CNN’s Dan Simon, Ryan Browne, Nicole Chavez, Darran Simon and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.