While Donald Trump pardons felon Kristian Saucier, he didn’t spare him any jail time.
The way Trump pardons a guy prosecuted for violating the same rules that Hillary Clinton broke with impunity (and broke much more egregiously) demonstrates balanced concerns. Kristian Saucier served his time. He and his family suffered economic hardship. With a felony conviction on his record, he had few options for finding a job that would get his family out of their resulting economic hole.
Now Trump has pardoned him so that he is no longer legally a felon. Basically, Trump has affirmed justice but also expressed mercy to what amounts to a peasant being punished for a crime that a “noble” gets away with.
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The Washington Examiner reports, “Trump pardons Kristian Saucier, former sailor jailed for submarine pictures.”
President Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency Friday to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who learned the news while driving a garbage truck, the only job he could find with a felony conviction.
Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison during the 2016 campaign for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine. Trump invoked his case repeatedly on the campaign trail, saying he was “ruined” for doing “nothing” compared to Hillary Clinton.
Still, Trump allowed Saucier to serve his full prison sentence. He was released in September and returned to the Vermont home he shares with his wife Sadie and their two-year-old daughter.
Saucier, now 31, was 22 years old when he took the cellphone photos in 2009. He pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized retention of national defense information and his attorneys unsuccessfully requested the “Clinton deal,” meaning little if any punishment.[…]
Saucier told the Washington Examiner earlier this year that a felony conviction made it hard to find work. He found employment as a garbage man to support his family. While in prison, the family’s cars were repossessed and his home is in foreclosure.
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