Sailor who used Clinton defense after mishandling classified info seeks pardon

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A former Navy sailor who mishandled classified information, then compared his case to Hillary Clinton’s in a failed bid to avoid prison time, has now asked President-elect Donald Trump to pardon him.

(FOX)- Former Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier admitted to taking six photos of classified areas inside the USS Alexandria, a nuclear attack submarine, while it was in port in Connecticut in 2009.

He snapped the photos knowing they were classified, but did so only to be able to show his family and future children what he did while he was in the Navy, his lawyers said.

Saucier asked for probation. In court filings, he compared his case to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when the former Democratic presidential nominee was secretary of state. The FBI declined to charge Clinton for her handling of classified information while using the server.

However, the judge in Connecticut sentenced him last August to one year behind bars, and ordered him to serve six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring during a three-year period of supervised release after the prison time.

The Navy also handed him an “other than honorable” discharge.

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