Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of murder in a high-profile war-crimes trial nearly two years ago, said in a podcast that aired Tuesday that he and his team practiced various medical procedures on an enemy combatant until he died, with no intention of saving him.

Gallagher was charged with killing a severely wounded Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 by stabbing him in the neck, but he was acquitted in 2019. He was, however, convicted of posing for a photograph with the enemy fighter’s corpse and demoted.

After the trial, President Donald Trump restored Gallagher’s rank and personally intervened when the Navy attempted to take away Gallagher’s SEAL trident.

Gallagher recently told Dan Taberski, host of the podcast The Line, that “the grain of truth in the whole thing is that that ISIS fighter was killed by us and that nobody at that time had a problem with it.”

“We killed that guy. Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on board,” he said. Asked about his statement that the intention was to kill him, Eddie Gallagher said he and others intended to “do medical scenarios on him until he died.”

“He was going to die regardless. We weren’t taking any prisoners,” Gallagher said. “That wasn’t our job.” He said that “everyone was like, let’s just do medical treatments on him until he’s gone.”

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Gallagher in an undated photo released on May 24, 2019. (Andrea Gallagher via Reuters)

The former chief petty officer, who served as the senior enlisted leader of his SEAL platoon and a medic, argued that he did not stab the enemy fighter to death, as some former members of his team have alleged.

Instead, he said, “that dude died from all the medical treatments that were done, and there’s plenty of medical treatments that were done to him.”