President Trump mulling over commuting Navy sailor who took classified submarine photos

A sailor sent to prison for taking photographs of his service station inside a submarine and then sending the photos to his personal email address — a crime his lawyer said was little different than Hillary’s email crimes — is now asking for President Trump to pardon him, and Trump may be considering it.

Less than a week into his presidency in a January 25 interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump was asked what he thought about the presidential power to pardon criminals. Trump noted that he is already considering his first pardons and one is clearly the case of former Navy machinist Kristian Saucier of Arlington, Vermont.

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Trump said he is “actually looking at it right now” and noted that he felt some of the cases he was looking at were “very unfair in light of what’s happened with other people.”

Those “other people” would include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But the case in question is that of a Navy sailor who did something less troubling than Hillary but got far more punishment.

A few years ago Petty Officer 1st Class Kristian Saucier took some cell phone snap shots of his work station inside the U.S.S. Alexandria, a classified nuclear submarine, and sent the photos to himself via email. He said he only wanted the photos as a keepsake to one day show his kids that he served on a nuclear sub.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kristian Saucier and his family

But when authorities discovered what he did, the sailor was charged with breaking U.S. security laws for sending images of classified areas in the sub over an unsecured email and without authorization. This, of course, is eerily similar to what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did when she sent tens of thousands of classified documents over her personal, unsecure email server which she had hidden in her own home.

We all know, of course, that Hillary was let off scott-free from her crimes of breaching U.S. security laws and that is just the point Saucier’s lawyers made at his trial. Why should he be held to a higher standard for a few stray photos when Hillary was let off without punishment for something arguably much, much worse?

Regardless, Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison and the loss of his Naval career. Now the imprisoned sailor just wants his record cleared.

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It looks like Trump is sympathetic to Saucier’s argument if his interview with Hannity is any indication.

“How can you have somebody else get away with such a tremendous amount,” Trump said on Thursday, “and then this person who takes a picture of his desk on an old submarine…”

The President also seemed to dismiss Saucier’s violation.

“Look,” the president added “If China or Russia wanted information on that submarine, they’ve had it for many years. That I can tell you.”

H/T Daily Mail


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