Unless you’ve been preoccupied with digging yourself out from under a rock over the course of the last year, you’ve probably noticed that President Trump is a fairly busy guy.
Of course, this was the case long before he was President when he was gallivanting around New York City, Chicago, and the world, reinventing the way in which American real estate developers do business. He has always embodied the quintessential American jetsetter; glitz and grit, all wrapped up in a fairly loud package.
So, when the President downplays something, it immediately makes Americans take notice.
Such is the case with a subdued announcement from the White House on Friday regarding the confusing case of Kristian Saucier.
“President Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency Friday to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who learned the news while driving a garbage truck, the only job he could find with a felony conviction.
“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.”
And Trump was right: The fact that the young Saucier was living with the stigma of his mistake, even after serving his entire prison sentence and, effectively, doing his time, was ludicrous.
“Saucier, now 31, was 22 years old when he took the cellphone photos in 2009. He pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized retention of national defense information and his attorneys unsuccessfully requested the ‘Clinton deal,’ meaning little if any punishment.
“The six photos found on a cellphone Saucier discarded were deemed ‘confidential,’ 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 email server. In pleading guilty, Saucier admitted to destroying evidence after being questioned.”
And, no matter how happy we are to see that President Trump made good on his word in helping out this young man, no one could possibly be as jovial as Saucier himself.
“Sadie Saucier said she notified her husband of the pardon via text message as he drove his garbage truck through a mountainous area with poor reception.
“‘I just was able to say “Hey” via a text message, “You got a pardon.” All he said was, “What!” with a big exclamation point,’ she said.
“‘I am very grateful,’ Sadie Saucier said. “It’s going to be a huge for our family. And a huge reality when probation calls and the ankle monitor is taken off, that’s going to be a big one.'”
Congratulations to the Saucier family.