President Trump is changing lives and lifting spirits everyday with his good deeds.
This past week the President had let former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier be pardoned after recently losing his job and being sent to prison for taking a picture on a submarine. He was trying to show his family where he worked. Kristian Saucier has been extremely grateful to the President for pardoning him.
The good stuff didn’t stop there as he continued with some on-point allegation against the Obama administration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump pardoned Saucier due to his amazing record and being recognized by his fellow service members, as the President was “appreciative of Mr. Saucier’s service to the country.”
Hegseth asked Saucier how he felt after he found out.
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“Pretty good,” Saucier said. “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.”
“You felt like a forgotten man in many ways and the type of person the president said he would remember and in this case absolutely he has,” Hegseth said. “You were on our program last week, you weren’t sure whether or not something like this would happen. Then you found out, when did you find out and how did you find out that you had been pardoned?”
“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,” he 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.”
He has had difficulty getting a job because of the conviction and because he was given an ‘other than honorable’ discharge, so he has been working as a garbage man. And he was still operating under house arrest, having to wear an ankle bracelet.
Saucier said he asked for permission to cut off the ankle bracelet and said it felt amazing to no longer be on house arrest.
“I think the fact that you asked for permission to cut your ankle bracelet off after the president pardoned speaks to the way you conducted yourself through all of this, aboveboard, honest about it,” Hegseth commented. “You felt bad and remorse and served a year in prison even though you had no intent to share any photos it was more accidental than anything else. What has it been like to go through and how is the light at the end of the tunnel here?”
“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,” Saucier 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.
Saucier admitted he had made a mistake and was very remorseful. But he had some harsh words for the Obama administration for the harshness of his prosecution.
“But you know, it’s unfortunate that one prosecutor and a couple FBI agents really just destroyed my life for no reason,” he added. “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.”
“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 added.
Trump had brought up the unfair nature of the case against Saucier on the campaign trail, noting the harshness of what he suffered in relation to the lack of punishment for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who did far worse, sending and receiving classified information on a private server she had created in order to avoid government review of her communications.
Obama traded terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl and commuted the sentence of a terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera whose group bombed and killed people.
But this young man was left to twist in the wind until Trump pardoned him.