Former U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kristian Saucier, who is serving a one-year sentence in federal prison for mishandling classified information, is asking both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump for a presidential pardon.
And Saucier used former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email investigation to explain why he should get one.
Saucier took six photos of classified spaces on an attack submarine in 2011 and was convicted of mishandling classified information in 2016. But the disgraced submariner claims he was over-prosecuted because of sensitivity over the Clinton email scandal, which also involved alleged mishandling of classified documents.
“While my conduct in taking the six photos was admittedly wrong and without excuse, the Department of Justice's heavy-handed response to my misconduct was certainly a product of the scrutiny brought about by a fervent political climate and not by the gravity of my misconduct,"
Saucier wrote in the petition to the White House filed on Jan. 9, reported the Navy Times.
Saucier added: "Indeed, if not for the high level of the Clinton misconduct and the lengthy presidential campaign process, there can be no doubt that my far less egregious acts of taking six photos of my work station would have otherwise been received with a significantly lower form of punishment."
Saucier’s attorney, Jeffrey Addicott, doesn't expect Obama to issue the pardon, but he and his client hope Trump will show mercy.
“The reason this case cries out for clemency and pardon is just the gross injustice,” Addicott told the Navy Times. “This is a matter of justice and justice isn’t just about whether you are guilty or not -- he’s admitted that. It’s about the punishment as well.”
And Saucier's mother, Kathleen Saucier, appealed to Trump directly in a statement.
“I would like to say to Mr. Trump that I believe that he’s our hope to re-evaluate the way things are done in our government and that we, as American patriots, should never have to be in the position that myself and my family and I am sure many others have been,” she said, reports The Washington Times.