A sailor who was pardoned by President Donald Trump for violating the espionage act is suing former President Barack Obama and former FBI Director James Comey for unequal protection of the Law.
Navy seaman Kristian Saucier was sentenced to one year in federal prison for taking pictures aboard the USS Alexandria, a nuclear submarine he was working on in 2009.
Saucier told Fox News his lawsuit contends Obama, Comey and the Justice Department unfairly punished him while letting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off without any prosecution for her unauthorized use of a non-secured, private email server for her official government work.
“They interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal but they didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton,” Saucier told Fox News. “Hillary is still walking free. Two guys on my ship did the same thing and weren’t treated as criminals. We want them to correct the wrong.”
Clinton was found to have sent, received and stored classified emails on the home-brew server by Comey during the 2016 presidential election but Comey chose to not refer the case to Attorney General Loretta Lynch for prosecution.
“From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said in a now-infamous press conference in July 2016. “Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.”
However, Comey determined Clinton’s handling of classified government information was “extremely careless” rather than “grossly negligent” as the federal statute reads.
Saucier was not afforded such generous interpretation of his actions when he was prosecuted.
Saucier’s attorney, Ronald Daigle, says the lawsuit will be filed soon and will highlight the political nature of Saucier’s prosecution versus Clinton’s treatment.
“There’s a two-tier justice system and we want it to be corrected,” he said.
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