On Saturday, the president congratulated Saucier on his "newly found" freedom. "While serving he regularly mentored younger sailors and served as an instructor for new recruits", Sanders said. He served a 12-month prison sentence. "The sentencing judge found Mr". The President is grateful to Mr. Saucier's service to the country.
Saucier, of Arlington, Vermont, was a 22-year-old machinist mate on the nuclear-powered attack submarine when he took the photos.
Court papers also said Saucier attempted to destroy his laptop, camera, and camera memory card after he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in July 2012. He eventually pled guilty to the classified information charge.
Mr. Trump has referenced Saucier's case often when criticizing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.
Saucier's attorney, Ronald Daigle Jr., said his client was "ecstatic". He was also given an "other than honorable" discharge from the Navy. Saucier claimed his prosecution was driven by sensitivity about classified information amid the scandal involving Clinton's emails. As President Trump took office, Saucier's lawyers reached out to the President with the request that Trump commute the sentence and pardon the sailor for his crime.
"Thank you, sir, for your bravery and for standing up in the face of so many people who said that you would never do the right thing, and you've proven them wrong time and time again", Saucier told Trump.