A Navy sailor prosecuted by former President Obama’s administration has plenty to say about how he was treated by the 44th president.
Kristian Saucier, who was pardoned last week by President Donald Trump, said that President Obama used him to take heat off of Hillary Clinton to pave the way for her to become president.
Saucier was prosecuted and convicted of national security violations because he took pictures aboard a Navy submarine, but he believes he was really prosecuted to protect Clinton, who wanted to be president.
“The president has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a navy submariner. Mr. Saucier was 22 years old at the time of his offences and has served out his 12-month sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service-members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit. The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders during a daily press briefing last week.
Saucier spoke to Fox News reporter Pete Hegseth after his pardon and spoke of being grateful for having his life back.
“We’re very grateful to the president for following through with his promise to help our family out. He is an amazing man and this is just one of the many great things that he’s done in his term. You know, I got to speak with him briefly yesterday and what an amazing guy. Just to be able to take time out of his busy schedule to speak with me and to turn my family’s life around and give us our lives back,” he said.
The Forgotten Man.
Hegseth mentioned that Saucier had felt like a forgotten man until President Trump took action.
“Well, I was at work as a garbage man and my wife texted me and said ‘you’ve been pardoned’ and I kind of thought she was messing with me,” Saucier said. “so I said ‘okay, yeah, sure,’ and then she sent me a picture of the actual signed pardon and I couldn’t believe it.”
“Well its obviously been for somebody like myself whose, you know, patriotic and all I wanted to do was serve my country and I honestly believe the systems that went after me were put in place to protect people like me until I was run through the ringer,” he said. “And it’s unfortunate because, you know, I still love this country. It’s still the greatest country in the world and I believe president is taking it back to that place where it needs to be.
“But you know, it’s unfortunate that one prosecutor and a couple FBI agents really just destroyed my life for no reason,” he said. “This case could have been handled at a much lower level within the military, as it should have been, because I was active duty at the time and I would have taken my punishment the same way — like a man. I made a mistake when I was a young kid, it was a misguided attempt to have some mementos, and it should have never reached the level like it did. And I believe President Trump saw that and he spoke about my case.”
Why does he think he was prosecuted? Hillary Clinton.
“It was a clear attempt by the Department of Justice… under Obama to use me as a scapegoat to take the heat off Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information,” he said.