President Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency Friday to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier.
Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison during the 2016 campaign for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine. Trump invoked his case repeatedly on the campaign trail, saying he was “ruined” for doing “nothing” compared to Hillary Clinton. Saucier was 22 years old when he took the cellphone photos in 2009.
The photos Saucier, now 31, took inside the sub were deemed “confidential,” meaning the lowest level of classification, even though some depicted the vessel’s nuclear reactor. Clinton, by contrast, sent and received more highly classified information on a private and insecure email server.
Saucier told the Washington Examiner earlier this year that a felony conviction made it hard to find work. He worked as a garbage man to support his wife and young daughter. His family’s cars were repossessed while he was in prison and his Vermont home is in foreclosure. Saucier has several months left of wearing an ankle monitor.
Sadie Saucier said she was thrilled to hear of the pardon, and that “I can’t believe it happened, it’s still sinking in.” She said her husband was driving a garbage truck when the news came. “He texted me back, ‘what’ with an exclamation point.”
“I am very grateful,” she said. “It’s going to be a huge reality when probation calls and the ankle monitor comes off.”