On Friday, President Donald Trump has issued the second pardon of his presidency, pardoning former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier.
Saucier was the sailor who Trump frequently spoke of when he was campaigning, noting that his life was “ruined” for not even doing anything close to what Hillary Clinton did.
Saucier was 22 years old when he took pictures aboard his nuclear submarine. His actions cost him dearly. He lost his career in the Navy and was sent to prison for a year.
His lawyer invoked Hillary Clinton during his trial, arguing that Saucier shouldn’t be held to a higher standard for doing much less.
From Washington Examiner:
The photos Saucier, now 31, took inside the sub were deemed “confidential,” meaning the lowest level of classification, even though some depicted the vessel’s nuclear reactor. Clinton, by contrast, sent and received more highly classified information on a private and insecure email server.
Saucier told the Washington Examiner earlier this year that a felony conviction made it hard to find work. He worked as a garbage man to support his wife and young daughter. His family’s cars were repossessed while he was in prison and his Vermont home is in foreclosure. Saucier has several months left of wearing an ankle monitor.
His wife said she thrilled with the pardon.
“I can’t believe it happened, it’s still sinking in.” She said her husband was driving a garbage truck when the news came. “He texted me back, ‘what’ with an exclamation point.”
“I am very grateful,” she said. “It’s going to be a huge reality when probation calls and the ankle monitor comes off.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to Saucier’s otherwise commendable record when he served in the Navy.
She explained, “The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country.”
This is great news.
Yes, he shouldn’t have done it. But he’s suffered greatly for a mistake of ignorance that cost him plenty. He’s already lost his career and spent time in prison.
This can give him a chance to be able to make a life for himself and his family.