A former Navy submariner who was sentenced to prison time for taking photographs of classified engine compartments has filed paperwork for a presidential pardon, arguing that he was a scapegoat, and he had one word to explain why.
That one word: “Hillary.”
Kristian Saucier, a former machinist on the submarine USS Alexandria, invoked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his request for a pardon, claiming that he was treated too harshly.
The Washington Times reported that Saucier’s request was filed Monday with the Justice Department’s office of the pardon attorney. With paperwork filed, an investigation will follow.
In August, Saucier pleaded guilty to charges relating to six pictures of classified areas he took on his cellphone on the submarine. However, he believed his sentence of one year in prison followed by home arrest and a three-year period of supervised release was a bit severe.
In documents provided by his attorney, Saucier claimed federal prosecutors and investigators were more aggressive with him because of the atmosphere surrounding the Hillary Clinton email scandal, according to the Navy Times.
“While my conduct in taking the six photos was admittedly wrong and without excuse, the Department of Justice’s heavy-handed response to my misconduct was certainly a product of the scrutiny brought about by a fervent political climate and not by the gravity of my misconduct,” Saucier wrote in the petition, the Times reported.
He explained that if not for the high level of attention Clinton’s misconduct received, “there can be no doubt that my far less egregious acts of taking six photos of my work station would have otherwise been received with a significantly lower form of punishment.”
It’s hard to argue with that.
Saucier did commit a crime for which he should be punished. However, it’s completely fair to ask why his punishment is considerably more than what the former sectary of state, who committed a far worse crime, received — which is absolutely nothing.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail