Congratulations to Kristian Saucier, a man who has served proudly in the Navy, on your newly found Freedom. Now you can go out and have the life you deserve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
“Obviously, there’s two different sets of laws in this country, for the political elite and for those lower-level individuals, Americans like myself,” Saucier said on Fox & Friends on Sunday. “And I think that’s very upsetting on a basic level for most people. It should be.”
The President has given great praise to Fox & Friends for being named one of the “most influential” shows, and has often been heard speaking highly of the network – especially since of its coverage of his presidency is far more favorable than any other news agency.
The President’s intention to pardon Saucier can be traced back to the campaign trail in 2016, after the Navy sailor was sentenced to 12 months in jail for having taken pictures while he was inside a nuclear submarine.
Throughout the trial in 2016, Saucier’s lawyer pointed to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information – arguing that Saucier’s punishment should result in probation as opposed to jail time. Trump saw it as an opportunity to build a case for Clinton’s imprisonment in the court of public opinion.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the former Navy man’s pardon was approved just a few days after it was stated by the Justice Department that Saucier’s request was being reconsidered.
Former Navy Sailor Kristian Saucier: I mishandled classified info, pled guilty to that mistake and continue to be punished, meanwhile Hillary Clinton gets to run for president pic.twitter.com/YKx8dgeKQ3
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 4, 2018
Later, on Fox & Friends, Saucier made sure to say thank you to President Trump for the pardon:
Kristian Saucier thanks President Trump for pardoning him pic.twitter.com/O34dPInXkP
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 10, 2018