Ex-Navy sailor pardoned by Trump says he's suing Comey and Obama
A former Navy sailor who is one particular of five men and women to get a pardon from President Donald Trump is arranging to file a lawsuit against Obama administration officials, alleging that he was topic to unequal protection of the law.
Particularly, Kristian Saucier, who served a year in federal prison for taking images of classified sections of the submarine on which he worked, argues that the identical officials who meted out punishment to him for his actions chose to be lenient with Hillary Clinton in her use of a private e mail server and handling of classified information.
His lawyer, Ronald Daigle, told Fox News on Monday that the lawsuit, which he expects to file quickly in Manhattan, will name the U.S. Division of Justice, former FBI Director James Comey and former President Barack Obama as defendants, among other individuals.
&ldquoThey interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal,&rdquo Saucier told Fox News, referring to prosecuting authorities in his case, &ldquobut they didn&rsquot prosecute Hillary Clinton. Hillary is nonetheless walking cost-free. Two guys on my ship did the exact same point and weren&rsquot treated as criminals. We want them to correct the incorrect.&rdquo
Daigle mentioned that a notice about the pending lawsuit was sent to the Department of Justice and other people included in it in December. There is typically a six-month period that must lapse just before the lawsuit in fact is filed.
&ldquoWe&rsquoll highlight the variations in the way Hillary Clinton was prosecuted and how my client was prosecuted,&rdquo Daigle said. &ldquoWe&rsquore looking for to cast a light on this to show that there&rsquos a two-tier justice technique and we want it to be corrected.&rdquo
While campaigning, and right after taking office, Trump regularly voiced assistance for Saucier, who in March became the second particular person he pardoned.
Trump usually compared the Obama administration&rsquos handling of Saucier&rsquos case with that of Clinton.
Saucier, who lives in Vermont, pleaded guilty in 2016 to taking photos inside the USS Alexandria even though it was stationed in Groton, Connecticut, in 2009. He mentioned he only wanted service mementos, but federal prosecutors argued he was a disgruntled sailor who had place national security at threat by taking pictures showing the submarine’s propulsion program and reactor compartment and then obstructed justice by destroying a laptop and camera.
Saucier said that he recognized he had erred in taking the photos, which he stated he wanted to show only to his family to show them exactly where he worked. But he lashed out at Obama officials, saying that his prosecution was politically motivated, prompted by sensitivity about classified data amid the scandal involving Clinton’s emails.
&ldquoMy case was typically anything handled by military courts,&rdquo he said. &ldquoThey employed me as an example since of [the backlash more than] Hillary Clinton.&rdquo
Saucier, 31, mentioned that the pardon has enabled him to choose up the pieces and rebuild his life with his wife and young daughter.
A felony conviction left him scrambling to uncover function he finally landed a job collecting garbage. Now, he functions on design and style and engineering projects for an industrial boiler firm.
&ldquoThings are starting to go in the proper path,&rdquo Saucier mentioned. &ldquoI perform with a group of truly wonderful people, I get to use my skills set.&rdquo
Due to the fact of the loss of income in the course of his imprisonment, as effectively as earning under his potential when he collected garbage, he and his wife Sadie lost their home to foreclosure.
Debt collectors referred to as and his automobiles had been repossessed.
&ldquoWith a pardon there&rsquos no magic wand that that gets waved and tends to make every little thing proper,&rdquo he stated, &ldquoBut I try to remain good and appear forward.&rdquo
He praises the pardons that Trump has granted right after his, and requires exception at the criticism.
&ldquoThe Obama administration singled out Dinesh for items most men and women don&rsquot even get charged for,&rdquo Saucier stated. &ldquoPresident Trump noticed that my career was exemplary and that I didn&rsquot deserve what happened to me.
Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was pardoned by Trump last week, had pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.
Trump tweeted Thursday: "Will be providing a Complete Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza nowadays. He was treated extremely unfairly by our government!"
D’Souza was sentenced in 2014 to five years of probation right after he pleaded guilty to violating federal election law by making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign in the names of other people.
The Connected Press contributed to this report.
Published at Mon, 04 Jun 2018 19:30:00 +0000