Kristian Saucier, the Navy sailor pardoned by Donald Trump on Friday, had appeared on “Fox and Friends” earlier in the week to argue for his pardon.
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 and Friends” on Sunday. “And I think that’s very upsetting on a basic level for most people. It should be.”
“I accepted responsibility. I didn’t go to trial. I pleaded guilty. I said, ‘Look, I made a mistake when I was a young kid, and my family still continues … to be punished for that mistake.’ Whereas Hillary Clinton not only was not punished, but was allowed to run for the highest office in the country, and that should be very upsetting to the American people,” he continued.
Trump has praised “Fox & Friends” for being named one of the “most influential” shows because he watches it, and has often spoken highly of its coverage of his presidency.
Trump has long discussed pardoning Saucier, first starting on the campaign trail in 2016.
Saucier was sentenced to 12 months in prison and six months of low-level home confinement for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine.
During his trial in 2016, Saucier’s lawyer cited Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information during his trial to make the case for why Saucier should get probation instead of jail time.
Trump used a similar argument to make his case for why Hillary Clinton needed to be sent to prison.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Friday that Saucier’s pardon had been approved merely a few days after the Justice Department announced they were reconsidering Saucier’s request.
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
Saucier later thanked Trump for the pardon…but going on Fox and Friends:
Kristian Saucier thanks President Trump for pardoning him pic.twitter.com/O34dPInXkP
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 10, 2018