Friday, President Trump issued a presidential pardon to former Navy submarine machinist Kristian Saucier for taking photos of classified areas in his sub.
Over the past couple of years, as Hillary Clinton has attempted (with friendly FBI agents’ help) to brush off the scandal about her exposing classified information on her unsecured email server as something nobody would be prosecuted for, she’s been dogged by Saucier’s parallel story. At his trial, his attorney argued that it would be unjust and unfair to imprison him for inadvertently taking six photos with classified areas in the background to show his kids someday when the Secretary of State was let off for carelessly exposing 110 classified emails. But the judge rejected his “Clinton defense,” saying Saucier had done something “beyond stupid” (déjà vu) and noting that he’d also allegedly tried to destroy the evidence by smashing his cell phone (déjà vu all over again!)
In sentencing Saucier, the judge said selective enforcement arguments “don’t really carry much water,” and that “we need to make sure that every service person understands the consequences of playing fast and loose with important information.”
I think we can all agree with that. Well, some of us can, at least. Saucier began speaking out in the media about the glaring discrepancy between the ways he and Clinton were treated, and President Trump has repeatedly cited it in questioning the FBI’s Clinton investigation. Now, he’s used his power to pardon Saucier. If any liberals want to blast Trump for going too easy on someone who exposed classified information, then bear in mind, you will also be tacitly making his case for what the FBI should have done, or should still do, with Hillary. In America, Lady Justice is supposed to put a blindfold over her eyes, not a thumb on the scale.
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