The Navy sailor that was recently pardoned by President Trump for taking photos aboard a nuclear submarine is speaking out about the circumstances surrounding his criminal prosecution, which was initiated under the Obama administration, reports Bizpac Review.
Kristian Saucier was the sailor who was jailed for 12 months for the national security violations. On Fox & Friends, Saucier made a point to accuse former president Obama his sentencing while allowing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to go free after evading charges of a similar infraction.
“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-month sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service-members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit. The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country,” Sarah Sanders said at a White House press conference.
Fox News reporter Pete Hegseth spoke to the hardworking serviceman and asked him what it felt like after serving a 12-month sentence and being under house arrest since his release.
“Pretty good,” Saucier said. “We’re very grateful to the president for following through with his promise to help our family out. He is an amazing man and this is just one of the many great things that he’s done in his term. You know, I got to speak with him briefly yesterday and what an amazing guy. Just to be able to take time out of his busy schedule to speak with me and to turn my family’s life around and give us our lives back.”
“You felt like a forgotten man in many ways and the type of person the president said he would remember and in this case absolutely he has,” Hegseth said.
Saucier explains how he was working as a garbage man when his wife told him that the president had pardoned him.
“And you go home and you immediately cut the ankle bracelet off because you were still on house arrest is that right?” the reporter asked.
“That’s correct, yes,” Saucier said. “We got permission to cut my ankle bracelet off so now I’m no longer on house arrest which is amazing.”
Hegseth makes a point to notice that for a man who has been unjustly accused of a crime, to wait and ask permission to cut off his ankle bracelet before just going ahead and doing it, really shows what kind of a person Saucier is.
“Well its obviously been for somebody like myself whose, you know, patriotic and all I wanted to do was serve my country and I honestly believe the systems that went after me were put in place to protect people like me until I was run through the ringer,” Saucier said. “And it’s unfortunate because, you know, I still love this country. It’s still the greatest country in the world and I believe president is taking it back to that place where it needs to be.
Saucier made sure to highlight though, just who is at fault for taking away so much of his life and degrading him in such a way:
“But you know, it’s unfortunate that one prosecutor and a couple FBI agents really just destroyed my life for no reason,” he added. “This case could have been handled at a much lower level within the military, as it should have been, because I was active duty at the time and I would have taken my punishment the same way — like a man. I made a mistake when I was a young kid, it was a misguided attempt to have some mementos, and it should have never reached the level like it did. And I believe President Trump saw that and he spoke about my case.”
Saucier continues and says that he was used as a scapegoat for Obama’s administration to take the “heat off Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.” Saucier is referring to Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State and allowed the possibility of leaked information pertaining to National Security happen under her watch.