Trump Pardons Former Navy Sailor Imprisoned For Taking Photos On Nuclear Submarine

Trump Pardons Former Navy Sailor Imprisoned For Taking Photos On Nuclear Submarine

Friday's announcement revealed Trump's decision to pardon Saucier after he had served out his twelve month sentence.

In other news today, the President has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a Navy submariner. Mr.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kristian Saucier was pardoned by Trump and the president was "appreciative" of his service to the nation.

"[Saucier] He has been recognized by his fellow service members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit". The FBI ultimately recommended no charges for Clinton or her aides in that case, even though they found classified material had traversed her private server. As President Trump took office, Saucier's lawyers reached out to the President with the request that Trump commute the sentence and pardon the sailor for his crime.

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Saucier's attorney, Ronald Daigle Jr., said his client was "ecstatic".

In announcing his plea, the Justice Department said Saucier, who had a secret clearance, "knew that the photos depicted classified material and that he was not authorized to take them".

Saucier pleaded guilty in 2016 to unauthorized detention of defense information for taking photos inside the USS Alexandria while it was stationed in Groton, Connecticut, in 2009. "Saucier's offense stands in contrast to his commendable military service", she said.

Prosecutors said that after an initial interview with investigators, Saucier returned home and destroyed a laptop computer, camera and memory card. Saucier claimed his prosecution was driven by sensitivity about classified information amid the scandal involving Clinton's emails.

Kristian Saucier pleaded guilty previous year for taking the photos inside the USS Alexandria in 2009.

"Obviously, there's two different sets of laws in this country, for the political elite and for, you know, those lower-level, individuals, Americans, like myself", he said, adding, "I think my case draws a very clear example of that". He denied sharing the photos with any unauthorized recipient.