President Trump has been widely lauded, and also reviled, for cleaning up the detritus of the Obama Administration. Barack Obama badly mistreated our military. He micromanaged battlefields, unnecessarily resulting in injury and death to our brave warriors. He gave away our gains in Iraq and the Middle East and gave aid and comfort to our deadliest enemies. He abused our allies and his toadies called American combat veterans more dangerous than terrorists. Obama frequently used soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines as photo op props, mere backdrops for his droning, nonsensical speeches. His PR flacks even gave our military people cheap digital cameras so they could be seen taking photos of their beloved CIC. But he sometimes slipped and let his real feelings show, as in the case of Kristian Saucier, a submariner who took a few photos of a restricted area on his sub, for his future remembrance.
Saucier did not expose those photos to our enemies, nor did he in any way actually endanger national security, but he did break the law in taking them, and when that act was discovered, the Obama DOJ relentlessly pursued him, putting him in jail for a year, leaving him–currently–on house arrest and giving him a less than honorable discharge.
But now there is a real Commander in Chief in the White House, as Fox News reports:
Kristian Saucier, the former U.S. Navy sailor who served a year behind bars for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine, has been pardoned, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.
Saucier recently received a letter from the Department of Justice saying it was taking a new look at his request for a pardon. Although he was released from jail last year, he remained under house arrest.
Trump had denounced the government’s handling of Saucier’s case, calling it a political move and saying it contrasted with the velvet-gloved response to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mismanagement of classified information through a private server.
Saucier made a mistake, which he admitted, and a mistake many others in our military made over the years. Most of them were not punished as Saucier was.
The president has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a Navy submariner,’ Sanders said in a press briefing Friday afternoon. ‘Mr. Saucier was 22 years old at the time of his offenses and has served out his 12-months sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit.’
‘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. The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country.
This, gentle readers, is the rule of law. This is justice.
Saucier was in disbelief when he learned Friday that Trump had granted him a pardon, his wife, Sadie, told Fox News.
‘It hasn’t set in, honestly,’ she said. I called him at work and told him, and all he could say was ‘What? What?’ I said: ‘Honey, we’re normal now. We can have a normal life, be a normal family.’ He doesn’t have to wear an ankle bracelet anymore.’
Saucier’s attorney praised Trump for doing what, in his words, the Obama administration had neglected to do.
‘We’re so excited,’ Ronald Daigle, the attorney, told Fox News. ‘This is going to change his life. He’ll be able to find employment, he’ll be able to carry on with his life. We can’t believe it.’
‘We are so grateful for our president for this,’ Daigle said. ‘We’ve been passed over by the previous administration, and this president took the time to look into this matter and made the right decision, in our view.
Time will tell whether the Trump Administration will pursue Hillary Clinton and her toadies for their multiple, and serious violations of the law. Their crimes actually did expose our secrets to hostile foreign nations, and Barack Obama was complicit in them. As we are currently discovering, so was the DOJ, FBI, and likely, many other agencies. It’s possible their cover up, which included allowing the destruction of evidence and the wholesale granting of immunities, may make prosecution difficult or impossible, which was clearly their intent.
While President Trump did the right thing, one matter remains, or at least media accounts have given no indication it was set right: Saucier’s discharge. President Trump has the power to upgrade his discharge to honorable status, and he should. It is of a piece with the pardon, and would complete the restoration of Saucier’s life and future. Apart from one mistake, made in good faith, which caused no damage to our nation, facts that should have been taken into account before charges were filed, Saucier’s service was entirely honorable. He deserves that much more. Any and all benefits due Saucier for his service should also be restored. This too is within President Trump’s power.
The pardon power is meant to be exercised with mercy, and to ensure justice. President Trump has done yet another good thing, a small thing in comparison with everything with which a president deals, but a matter of great significance to Christian Saucier and his family, to all members of our military, and to all Americans that love this nation and her military.