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Pardoned Sailor Suing Obama and Comey for Picking on Him, but Not Prosecuting Hillary

Pardoned Sailor Suing Obama and Comey for Picking on Him, but Not Prosecuting Hillary

Hillary Clinton (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) and Kristian Saucier (Wikimedia Commons)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 08:14 AM

Pardoned picture-taking submarine sailor Kristian Saucier plans to sue former President Barack Obama and former FBI chief James Comey for picking on him but not prosecuting Hillary Clinton, his attorney told Fox News on Monday.

Saucier, who was pardoned by President Donald Trump in March after serving a year in federal prison for taking photos of classified sections on his submarine, argues that authorities punished him for his actions but failed to punish former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server and handling of classified information.

"They interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal, but they didn't prosecute Hillary Clinton. Hillary is still walking free," Saucier told Fox News. “Two guys on my ship did the same thing and weren't treated as criminals. We want them to correct the wrong."

Ronald Daigle, who is representing Saucier, told Fox News his upcoming lawsuit to be filed in Manhattan will name the U.S. Justice Department, along with Obama and Comey as defenders.

Daigle said a notice about the pending lawsuit was sent to the Department of Justice and others in December.

"We'll highlight the differences in the way Hillary Clinton was prosecuted and how my client was prosecuted," Daigle said. "We're seeking to cast a light on this to show that there's a two-tier justice system and we want it to be corrected."

Stars and Stripes reported that Trump often compared Saucier's case with that of Clinton's use of a private email server for official business during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Saucier served as a machinist's mate aboard the USS Alexandria from September 2007 to March 2012 and used the camera on his cellphone to take pictures of technical components of the sub's nuclear propulsion system while it was docked at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut, Stars and Stripes said.

He pleaded guilty in May 2016 to unlawful retention of national defense information and obstruction of justice and completed his sentence that September.

"He has been recognized by his fellow servicemembers for his dedication, skills and patriotic spirit," said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, in announcing his pardon in March, Stars and Stripes noted.

"While serving, he regularly mentored younger sailors and served as an instructor for new recruits. The sentencing judge found that Mr. Saucier's offense stands in contrast to his commendable military service," Sanders said.

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Pardoned picture-taking submarine sailor Kristian Saucier plans to sue former President Barack Obama and former FBI chief James Comey for picking on him but not prosecuting Hillary Clinton, his attorney told Fox News on Monday.
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