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A military jury sentenced Navy veteran and SEAL platoon leader Edward Gallagher to a rank reduction Wednesday for posing with the corpse of a 17-year-old ISIS militant, according to NPR. Gallagher had been cleared of first-degree murder and war crimes on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The case had drawn waves of onlookers, including President Trump, who came to Gallagher's defense throughout the trial and considered pardoning him. The rank reduction will affect Gallagher's salary and pension.

Gallagher had been facing first-degree murder charges for the death of the captive ISIS fighter. He was also up against attempted murder charges for shootings of civilians.

What they're saying: In a Fox and Friends interview Wednesday morning prior to his sentencing, Gallagher stated, "They tried to frame me as a criminal from the get go. ... We knew I was innocent of these charges the whole time."

  • Gallagher also offered his thanks to Fox News, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Ralph Norman for backing him and to Trump for "intervening when he did."
  • Trump tweeted a congratulations to Gallagher and his family Wednesday morning, stating, "You have been through much together. Glad I could help!"

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Hurricane Isaias made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Ocean Isle Beach in southern North Carolina at 11:10 p.m. ET Monday, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, per the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

What's happening: Hurricane conditions were spreading onto the coast of eastern South Carolina and southeastern N.C., the NHC said in an 11 p.m. update. Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT News the eye of the storm triggered "a series of fires at homes" and "a lot of flooding." Fire authorities said they were responding to "multiple structure fires in the area."

Exclusive: Trump declines to praise John Lewis, citing inauguration snub

President Trump dismissed the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” saying only that Lewis made a “big mistake” by not coming to his inauguration.

The big picture: Trump's comments were a glaring contrast with the praise Republicans and Democrats showered upon Lewis this week, and a default to personal grudges during a week of mourning for a civil rights hero.