The Washington Examiner posted an article today stating that President Trump has pardoned Kristian Saucier. “Who is Kristian Saucier?” you ask. He is the former Navy submariner who was sentenced to a year in prison during the 2016 campaign for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine.
The article reports:
Saucier, now 31, was 22 years old when he took the cellphone photos in 2009. He pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized retention of national defense information and his attorneys unsuccessfully requested the “Clinton deal,” meaning little if any punishment.
The six photos found on a cellphone Saucier discarded were deemed “confidential,” the lowest level of classification, even though some depicted the vessel’s nuclear reactor. Clinton, by contrast, sent and received highly classified information on a private email server. In pleading guilty, Saucier admitted destroying evidence after being questioned.
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.
This man’s life was ruined because of pictures on a discarded cell phone. He should not have taken the pictures, but the case definitely provides a contrast to the way Hillary Clinton‘s private server was handled.