A former sailor who was sentenced to one year in prison for taking photos of classified areas of a nuclear attack submarine could potentially be released thanks to President Donald Trump.
During an interview with Fox News, Trump revealed to Sean Hannity that he was considering pardoning former sailor Kristian Saucier.
“I’m actually looking at it right now,” Trump said, the Daily Mail reported.
“I think it’s very unfair in light of what’s happened with other people.”
Saucier and his legal team argued that the punishment for his crime was too harsh given the alleged conduct of Trump’s election rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“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,” he wrote in a White House petition.
“Indeed, if not for the high level of the Clinton misconduct and the lengthy presidential campaign process, 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.”
Saucier’s attorney, Jeffrey Addicott, previously told the Navy Times that he believed former President Barack Obama wouldn’t pardon his client — a belief that turned out to be true.
“The reason this case cries out for clemency and pardon is just the gross injustice,” Addicott said. “This is a matter of justice and justice isn’t just about whether you are guilty or not — he’s admitted that. It’s about the punishment as well.”
In his White House letter, Saucier pointed out that Clinton was let completely off the hook: “The irony of this climate of hypersensitivity that caused me severe punishment is that Secretary Hillary Clinton, whose actions resulted in a demand for accountability by a considerable portion of the U.S. population, was never punished for her actions at all, despite jeopardizing far more sensitive information and on a much grander scale.”
Sources: Daily Mail, Navy Times / Photo credit: Andrew Kalat/Flickr, Facebook via Daily Mail