The former U.S. Navy sailor pardoned by President Trump earlier this year after being jailed for taking photos in a classified area, is suing Barack Obama and James Comey for glaring double standards.
Kristian Saucier spent one year in federal prison for taking some souvenir photos aboard the nuclear submarine where he worked, a sentence Trump thought was too harsh. The ex-Navy sailor is claiming that he was subject to unequal protection of the law in how the Obama administration treated him.
According to Fox News:
Specifically, Kristian Saucier, who served a year in federal prison for taking photos of classified sections of the submarine on which he worked, argues that the same officials who meted out punishment to him for his actions chose to be lenient with Hillary Clinton in her use of a private email server and handling of classified information.
His lawyer, Ronald Daigle, told Fox News on Monday that the lawsuit, which he expects to file soon in Manhattan, will name the U.S. Department of Justice, former FBI Director James Comey and former President Barack Obama as defendants, among others.
“They interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal,” Saucier told Fox News, “but they didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton. Hillary is still walking free. Two guys on my ship did the same thing and weren’t treated as criminals. We want them to correct the wrong.”
“We’ll highlight the differences in the way Hillary Clinton was prosecuted and how my client was prosecuted,” Daigle said, noting that the pending lawsuit was sent to the Department of Justice in December. “We’re seeking to cast a light on this to show that there’s a two-tier justice system and we want it to be corrected.”
Saucier believes his prosecution was politically motivated, brought on due to the controversy over Clinton’s emails.
“My case was usually something handled by military courts,” the 31-year-old Vermont resident said. “They used me as an example because of [the backlash over] Hillary Clinton.”
Although the president’s pardon has helped Saucier try to rebuild his life with his wife and young daughter, the time in prison without income and the struggle for income after his release led to a financial void for the family which cost them their cars and their home.
“With a pardon there’s no magic wand that that gets waved and makes everything right,” he said, “But I try to stay positive and look forward.”
Saucier applauded Trump for his pardons, including the latest of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who had pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.
“The Obama administration singled out Dinesh for things most people don’t even get charged for,” Saucier said. “President Trump noticed that my career was exemplary and that I didn’t deserve what happened to me.
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