Kirsters Baish| As we previously reported, President Donald Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency this past week. That pardon was to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier. The former Navy sailor was found to have taken photos while aboard a nuclear submarine to show his family what it looked like back when he was 22. Saucier clearly didn’t think about his actions, which were against the law, and his mistake cost him his Navy career, and he ended up serving a year in jail. Saucier has not been able to find steady work and has been working as a garbage man in order to try and support his family. He has come forward to thank President Trump for his pardon.
Saucier was convicted of “unauthorized retention of national defense information.” This charge is a felony.
Trump had frequently spoken of the case on the campaign trail noting how much Saucier had suffered compared to no action being taken against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her actions is sending and receiving classified information on an unsecured private server.
Fox News reported that Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated during Friday’s press briefing, “The president has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a Navy submariner. Mr. Saucier was 22 years old at the time of his offenses and has served out his 12-months sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit. While serving, he regularly mentored younger sailors and served as an instructor for new recruits. The sentencing judge found that Mr. Saucier’s offense stands in contrast to his commendable military service. The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country.”
The former Navy sailor was extremely grateful that President Trump called him personally in addition to pardoning him. He explained, “I feel I can hope for the future now. I can live a normal life. I can take my daughter to different places, I can do all these things with my family.”
President Trump’s decision to pardon Kristian Saucier was the right decision. He gave this man the freedom to live a normal life with his family. After all, Hillary Clinton has done much worse than what Saucier did, and she hasn’t served any jail time. It looks like change is in the wind at the White House.