‘A violation of the rights of all Americans to have equal protection under the law….’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump pardoned the ex-Navy sailor who spent a year in prison after photographing classified portions of a submarine.
Now Kristian Saucier has filed a federal lawsuit against Obama administration officials for unequally applying the law by prosecuting him, but not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for mishandling sensitive information, Fox News reported.
He labeled as defendants former President Barack Obama, former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and FBI Agent Peter Strzok.
“The U.S. Constitution clearly states that all citizens are born with inalienable rights to be free from persecution by the government,” Saucier said. “My conviction and subsequent sentence for a minor military infraction compared to the treatment of politically connected individuals is a glaring example of a violation of the rights of all Americans to have equal protection under the law.”
In 2009, as a 22-year-old machinist, Saucier admitted to taking pictures of his nuclear-armed submarine, the USS Alexandria.
He said he knew the pictures were illegal when he took them, but he wanted his family to know what he did in the Navy.
He plead guilty to unauthorized retention of defense information in 2016.
He was sentenced to one year in prison, despite the court’s inability to find evidence that Saucier showed or had intent to show the pictures to foreign spies.
Saucier mentioned during the proceedings the double standard the court had displayed by convicting and sentencing him but not Clinton.
“I am by no means the first person to be subjected to unfair treatment by the justice system,” Saucier said. “If I were to accomplish anything by this action I would hope to make me the last.”
Trump pardoned Saucier on March 9, 2018.
Congratulations to Kristian Saucier, a man who has served proudly in the Navy, on your newly found Freedom. Now you can go out and have the life you deserve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018