This year, President Trump awarded a pardon to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier who was charged with violating the rules regarding classified material when he took unauthorized photos inside a naval submarine. Now Saucier, who served a year in federal prison after being convicted of the crime, is suing Obama administration officials for failing to apply the law equally. His lawyers claim there is a gulf of difference between the way Saucier was charged and the way Hillary Clinton was let off the hook…even though there is very little difference in their crimes.
According to Saucier’s attorney, Ronald Daigle, former FBI Director James Comey and former President Barack Obama will be among those named in the lawsuit.
“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.”
His attorney told Fox News that it was important for a court to decide why the Justice Department treated his client and Hillary Clinton with a different set of standards.
“We’ll highlight the differences in the way Hillary Clinton was prosecuted and how my client was prosecuted,” Daigle said. “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.”
Though Saucier took the controversial photographs in 2009, his case did not come up for sentencing until 2016 at a time when the subject of mishandling classified information was on the front page of every paper in the country, thanks to Hillary’s misdeeds. Saucier believes that his prosecution was politically motivated, a claim buttressed by the fact that most similar cases are handled by military tribunal.
“They used me as an example because of Hillary Clinton,” he told Fox News.
This could be a case to watch carefully, even if you couldn’t care less about Saucier and his alleged crimes. If his lawyer knows what he’s doing, he’ll be able to dig around and get a lot of interesting information about how the Obama administration handled the Clinton case. We would love to see Comey squirm on the witness stand while explaining why “no reasonable prosecutor” would try Clinton while simultaneously explaining why Saucier’s photos were such a clear and present threat to U.S. security.
Of course, once the impending OIG report hits the headlines and exposes the chicanery of the Clinton investigation, the named defendants in this case may decide that settling out of court is the better part of valor.