President Donald Trump issued a pardon for former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier on Friday, the second pardon of his presidency. Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison in 2016 for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine.
The Washington Examiner reports that Saucier learned the news while he was at work driving a garbage truck and that the job was the only one he could find due to his felony conviction.
Trump often brought up Saucier’s case while he was campaigning for president in 2016, comparing the sailor’s crime that twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is accused of.
Even so, Saucier served his full prison sentence, even under Trump’s presidency. He was released in September and returned home to Vermont.
From the Examiner: 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 to destroying evidence after being questioned.
The Examiner reports that Kristian Saucier’s wife, Sadie Saucier, notified her husband of the pardon via text message.
“I just was able to say ‘Hey’ via a text message, ‘You got a pardon.’ All he said was, ‘What!’ with a big exclamation point,” she said.
“I am very grateful,” Sadie Saucier said. “It’s going to be huge for our family. And a huge reality when probation calls and the ankle monitor is taken off, that’s going to be a big one.”
White House Press Secretary Sara Sanders addressed the pardon during a press briefing Friday.
BREAKING NEWS: President @realDonaldTrump pardons former @USNavy sailor imprisoned for taking photos on nuclear submarine, @WhiteHouse says https://t.co/n0i2o3ZUGKpic.twitter.com/Pr4cJM6R9h
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 9, 2018
President Trump grants pardon ⚖
The Navy sailor, Kristian Saucier, who served 1 year in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a submarine is reunited with his family. ⚖ pic.twitter.com/PULRfJ0vrp
— United Patriots 🔔⚖🔔 (@dmills3710) March 9, 2018
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