Because Hillary was never prosecuted: Trump pardons ex-Navy sailor sentenced for photos taken of his submarine
Kristian Saucier was convicted of a felony and served one year for taking 6 photographs on his cell phone.
President Trump just issued the second pardon of his presidency to the Navy sailor who took photographs of the classified areas of a nuclear submarine and was subsequently convicted of a felony.
The case gained national attention because the prosecution of Mr. Saucier contrasted sharply with the Obama Justice Department decision not to bring charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified material on her secret email server.
Mr. Saucier’s attorney unsuccessfully used a “Hillary Clinton defense” that argued his client couldn’t be held to a higher legal standard than Mrs. Clinton.
A federal judge in August sentenced Mr. Saucier, former Navy machinist, to one year in prison and a $100 fine.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reviewed Saucier’s exemplary service in the Navy during the formal announcement of the pardon.
Pres. Trump pardons former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier imprisoned for taking photos on nuclear submarine. pic.twitter.com/3CMS0j41Md
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 9, 2018
The Navy machinist loved submarines, and took the photographs at a time cell phone photograph technology was relatively new.
Saucier served as a machinist’s mate on the USS Alexandria, a nuclear attack submarine, from 2007 to 2012. According to court documents, he used his personal cellphone to take six photos of classified areas, instruments and equipment in the sub — including the nuclear reactor — in 2009.
After being interviewed by the FBI in 2012, Saucier destroyed a computer, camera and memory card. Investigators later found pieces of a laptop computer stashed in the woods on a property owned by a relative of Saucier.
Saucier served his full sentence was released in September and returned to the Vermont home and back to his wife Sadie and their now two-year-old daughter. He hauls garbage for a living, the only job he was able to secure as a convicted felon. His wife notified him the pardon via text message as he drove his garbage truck through a mountainous area with poor reception.
Saucier told the Washington Examiner earlier this year that a felony conviction made it hard to find work. He works as a garbage man to support his family. While in prison, the family’s cars were repossessed and his home is in foreclosure.
“We’re struggling,” Saucier said in January, describing frequent calls from credit card debt collectors and an electricity bill payment plan. “No one will hire me because I’m a felon … All the skills I worked so hard for in the military are useless.”
Before the pardon, Saucier had several months left of wearing an ankle monitor.
“When Kris gets home from work, when he gets to the door, I’m going to be a little emotional,” Sadie Saucier told the Washington Examiner. “I can’t believe it happened, I don’t think it’s set in yet.”
Going forward, I sure hope Saucier has the career success that he has been denied. I can’t imagine him being pardoned by President Clinton, so this is another reason I am grateful we have President Trump.DONATE
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