Ex-Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher says he'd campaign for 's re-election as he ...

Ex-Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has said he would campaign for 's re-election after the president's intervention in his war crimes trial helped saved him from a life in prison.

In an interview with 60 Minutes aired on Sunday, the disgraced veteran who was acquitted of murdering an ISIS prisoner spoke of his gratitude to the president, before proudly showing off the knife he was accused of using to kill the Iraqi fighter. 

'If the president hadn't intervened in any way – no I believe I would be in prison for life,' Gallagher said. 

He told CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that his acquittal was thanks to the president's intervention.  

Ex-Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has said he would campaign for Trump's re-election after the president's intervention in his war crimes trial helped saved him from a life in prison

Ex-Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has said he would campaign for 's re-election after the president's intervention in his war crimes trial helped saved him from a life in prison

'I was able to get out of the brig and actually properly defend myself,' he said. 

When asked if he was planning to campaign for 's re-election, Gallagher said he would be happy to if the president came calling.

'I have not been personally asked to campaign for his re-election from him but if he asked me, if he wants me to help out in any way, yes I would – he helped save my life,' he said.   

Gallagher's defense team included Marc Mukasey, who also represents the organization. 

Mukasey was also interviewed for 60 Minutes and said 's actions did not affect the outcome of the Gallagher trial.

'We tried a real murder case … [with] prosecutors that, as far as I could tell, were apolitical, and defense lawyers that were apolitical,' Mukasey said.

'It was fought on the field of legal battle. And that's where it was won and lost.'

Mukasey refused to confirm or deny whether he had spoken to about Gallagher's trial.

Gallagher went on to show off the knife he was accused of using to murder the Iraqi captive.

While giving a tour of his glory wall in his garage gym where he proudly displays memorabilia from his military days, Martin asked if he had gotten the knife back after the trial.

Gallagher went on to show off the knife (above) he was accused of using to murder the Iraqi captive

Gallagher went on to show off the knife (above) he was accused of using to murder the Iraqi captive

He was happy to show off the knife, which never tested positive for any blood, as Martin took it out of its sheath and looked it over

He was happy to show off the knife, which never tested positive for any blood, as Martin took it out of its sheath and looked it over

Gallagher's glory wall in his garage gym where he proudly displays memorabilia from his military days

Gallagher's glory wall in his garage gym where he proudly displays memorabilia from his military days

Also displayed on the glory wall was a wooden plaque (above) with the now-eerie motto of the platoon he led in that fateful tour: 'Kill em all'

Also displayed on the glory wall was a wooden plaque (above) with the now-eerie motto of the platoon he led in that fateful tour: 'Kill em all'

When Gallagher replied that he did, he was asked why it wasn't displayed alongside his other memorabilia. 

Gallagher pointed out that the knife was displayed - just on the table underneath the wall.

He was happy to show off the knife, which never tested positive for any blood, as Martin took it out of its sheath and looked it over.  

Also displayed on the glory wall was a wooden plaque with the now-eerie motto of the platoon he led in that fateful tour: 'Kill em all.' 

The TV interview, Gallagher's first since the controversial trial, showed that the veteran is under no illusions over how divisive his acquittal was. 

When Martin said 'people either love you as an American hero', Gallagher responded 'or despise me'. 

Gallagher was charged in 2018 with war crimes after he posed for a

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