President Trump recently pardoned a former U.S. Navy sailor, Kristian Saucier, who was arrested under Obama and served one year behind bars for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine. He was convicted of unauthorized retention of national defense information, a felony, received an “other-than-honorable” discharge from the Navy, and faced up to ten years in prison.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State under Obama, is free to travel the world after having sent tens of thousands of classified emails, destroying evidence, and a list of RICO violations connected to the Clinton Foundation longer than she is tall.
President Trump denounced the government’s handling of Saucier’s case, calling it “a political move that contrasted with the velvet-gloved response to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mismanagement of classified information through a private server.”
“The president has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a Navy submariner,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a press briefing. “Mr. Saucier was 22 years old at the time of his offenses and has served out his 12-months sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit.”
“While serving, he regularly mentored younger sailors and served as an instructor for new recruits. The sentencing judge found that Mr. Saucier’s offense stands in contrast to his commendable military service. The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country.”
After spending one year in jail, Saucier remained under house arrest. Trump called him to confirm the pardon he received in writing. He told Fox News,
I feel I can hope for the future now. I can live a normal life. I can take my daughter to different places, I can do all these things with my family.
I thanked the president for helping my family get our lives back. He’s got so much to do and to take the time to do something about this and to call me, it’s just amazing. I’m so overwhelmed.
I fought so hard in the military for our freedom, I spent 11 years defending our freedom. I’m thankful that I will be able to have those freedoms.
His lawyer, Ronald Daigle, said they would focus next on reversing Saucier’s discharge to honorable, which would restore his military benefits.
Saucier served as a machinist’s mate aboard the USS Alexandria from 2007 to 2012. He used his cellphone to photograph parts of the submarine’s nuclear propulsion system while it was docked at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., a move he repeatedly acknowledged was wrong and for which he apologized. His intent was to show his family where he worked.
Saucier began his sentence in October 2016 at the Federal Medical Center at Fort Devens, Mass. He was released one year later and placed under house arrest.
Thank God for President Trump who sought justice for this man and publicly recognized the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton’s numerous alleged felonies.