Kristian Saucier was one of five people to receive a pardon from President Donald Trump. So what has the former Navy sailor done so far with his newfound freedom? Well, he turned right around and got revenge on Hillary Clinton, who is guilty of the same crime that put him behind bars.
While campaigning for the White House — and after taking office — President Donald Trump frequently voiced support for Kristian Saucier, who in March became the second person Trump pardoned. Trump often juxtaposed the Obama administration’s handling of Saucier’s case with that of Hillary Clinton, who got away scot-free for doing the same thing on a much bigger scale.
Now, Saucier, who served a year in federal prison for taking photos of classified sections of the submarine on which he worked, is planning to file a lawsuit against Obama administration officials, alleging that he was subject to unequal protection of the law. Saucier argues that the same officials who meted out punishment to him for his actions chose to be lenient with Hillary Clinton in her use of a private email server and handling of classified information.
“They interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal, but they didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton. Hillary is still walking free. Two guys on my ship did the same thing and weren’t treated as criminals. We want them to correct the wrong,” said Saucier. “My case was usually something handled by military courts. They used me as an example because of [the backlash over] Hillary Clinton.”
Saucier, who lives in Vermont, pleaded guilty in 2016 to taking photos inside the USS Alexandria while it was stationed in Groton, Connecticut, in 2009. He said he only wanted service mementos, but federal prosecutors argued he was a disgruntled sailor who had put national security at risk by taking photos showing the submarine’s propulsion system and reactor compartment and then obstructed justice by destroying a laptop and camera.
Saucier said that he recognized he had erred in taking the photos, which he said he wanted to show only to his family to show them where he worked. But he lashed out at Obama officials, saying that his prosecution was politically motivated, prompted by sensitivity about classified information amid the scandal involving Clinton’s emails. [Source: Fox News]
Saucier’s lawyer, Ronald Daigle, said on Monday that the lawsuit, which he expects to file soon in Manhattan, will name the U.S. Department of Justice, former FBI Director James Comey, and former President Barack Obama as defendants, among others. Daigle said that a notice about the pending lawsuit was sent to the Department of Justice and others included in it in December. There is usually a six-month period that must elapse before the lawsuit actually is filed.
“We’ll highlight the differences in the way Hillary Clinton was prosecuted and how my client was prosecuted,” said Daigle. “We’re seeking to cast a light on this to show that there’s a two-tier justice system and we want it to be corrected.”
Saucier has been able to pick up the pieces and rebuild his life with his wife and young daughter, thanks to President Trump’s pardon. A felony conviction left him scrambling to find work, but he finally landed a job collecting garbage. Now, he works on design and engineering projects for an industrial boiler company.
“Things are starting to go in the right direction,” he said. “I work with a group of really great people. I get to use my skills set. With a pardon, there’s no magic wand that gets waved and makes everything right. But I try to stay positive and look forward.”
Because of the loss of income during his imprisonment, as well as earning below his potential when he collected garbage, the 31-year-old and his wife Sadie lost their home to foreclosure. Then, debt collectors called and their cars were repossessed.
However, things are now headed in the right direction for the young couple, and they’ve got President Donald Trump to thank for it. Please share Kristian Saucier’s story if you applaud his efforts to hold Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration accountable!