President Trump Pardons Sailor Denied ‘Clinton deal’ for Submarine Pics

President Trump Pardons Sailor Denied 'Clinton deal' for Submarine Pics

Kristian Saucier is a former U.S. Navy sailor who served 1 year in jail for a felony conviction after being discharged from the navy. Saucier’s crime was that he took 6 photos of “classified areas” (including the sub’s nuclear reactor) as he was serving on USS Alexandria (SSN-757) nuclear attack submarine. On Friday, President Trump pardoned the former navy sailor, thus making for the second pardon of his presidency. Krisian Saucier was driving the garbage truck, the only job he could find as a convicted felon, when he heard about the news.

After being convicted, Saucier served one year in jail from 2016 to 2017, as candidate Trump repeatedly invoked his situation while campaigning for presidency, saying the sailor’s life was ruined for doing nothing compared to what Hillary Clinton did. However, President Trump allowed Kristian Saucier to serve his full prison sentence prior to getting him a pardon. Saucier was released from prison in September 2017 and returned to his family in Vermont (he has a 2 years old daughter).

Kristian Saucier took the cellphone photos on the nuclear submarine back in 2009, when he was 22 years old. Even if the photos found on a device discarded by Saucier had the lowest level of classification (confidential), and he pleaded guilty to 1 count of unauthorized retention of national defense information, while his lawyers  tried to use the “Clinton defense”/the Clinton deal, i.e. no punishment, he was finally convicted, his career was destroyed and he served a year in prison. By contrast, Hillary Clinton sent and received classified intelligence( “Special Access Program” documents) on a private and unsecured email server. Just like Saucier, Hillary admitted to destroying evidence after being investigated/questioned.


The felony conviction made it almost impossible for Saucier to get a regular job, and this highly trained soldier was forced to work as a garbage man to support his family. President Trump’s first presidential pardon was given last year in August to Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, as he was facing prison time for criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order (allegedly).

 Kristian Saucier: I think the punishment out to me was a little extreme but I was willing to accept it… But I think what the issue is here is the punishment isn’t doled out evenly across the board. You have people like Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and Huma Abedin who’ve committed far more egregious acts. I’m not trying to minimize what I did. I made a mistake. But the photos I took were ‘confidential’ which is the lowest tier of classification. Whereas the information they handled was top secret SCI which is the highest. And I got a year in prison and she was allowed to run for president.