If there’s one statement Hillary Clinton made that should be burned into the minds of every American it’s, “what difference, at this point, does it make?” Of course she used that in a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing in reference to being asked about the abandonment of Americans to die and lying about the nature of the attack. However, there’s another instance where Mrs. Clinton’s actions will have unintended consequences.
As reported by Politico, “A Navy sailor facing the possibility of years in prison for taking a handful of classified photos inside a nuclear submarine is making a bid for leniency by citing the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over classified information authorities say was found in her private email account.
Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier, 29, is set to be sentenced Friday on a single felony charge of retaining national defense information without permission. In May, Saucier pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport, Conn., admitting that while working on the U.S.S. Alexandria in 2009 he took and kept six photos showing parts of the sub’s propulsion system he knew to be classified.
The defense and prosecutors agree that sentencing guidelines in the case call for a prison term of 63 to 78 months, but defense attorney Derrick Hogan cited the treatment of Clinton as he argued in a filing last week that Saucier should get probation instead.
Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hilary [sic] Clinton…has come under scrutiny for engaging in acts similar to Mr. Saucier,” Hogan wrote. He noted that FBI Director James Comey said 110 emails in 52 email chains in Clinton’s account contained information deemed classified at the time, including eight chains with “top secret” information and 36 with “secret” information.
“In our case, Mr. Saucier possessed six (6) photographs classified as ‘confidential/restricted,’ far less than Clinton’s 110 emails,” Hogan wrote. “It will be unjust and unfair for Mr. Saucier to receive any sentence other than probation for a crime those more powerful than him will likely avoid.”
There are distinctions between the cases. Saucier admitted as part of a plea bargain that he “knew from his training and his specialized work upon the submarine” that the photos contained classified information and he wasn’t authorized to take them. He also admitted that after being confronted by law enforcement in 2012 he destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card.”
And so it begins… What difference at this point does it make? Well, let me explain. A person running to be commander in chief of the United States armed forces was “excused” from any punitive consequences for her actions. Those actions were clearly articulated by the Director of the FBI as being “extremely careless” with handling classified information. The facts are clear and it appears there’s a completely different standard for one Hillary Clinton as opposed to the men and women in uniform that she seeks to command.
How will it be possible to hold any Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine responsible for actions of mishandling classified information after this very duplicitous and hypocritical double standard has evidenced itself?
Let’s be honest, there are no distinctions between what PO1 Saucier did and what Mrs. Clinton did. Both were entrusted with handling classified information. Saucier destroyed a laptop, camera, and a memory card…Clinton destroyed some 33,000 emails. The real distinction is that PO1 Saucier admitted his guilt. Hillary Clinton has entangled herself in such a web of lies that she’s now lying about the lie.
PO1 Saucier is looking at 63 to 78 months in prison. He’s certainly lost his security clearance and undoubtedly will receive a dishonorable discharge from the military. He is a felon. And all of this occurred because of six photographs classified as “confidential/restricted.”
In the case of Hillary Clinton, according to the press conference statement from FBI Director James Comey, there were eight email exchanges classified “TOP SECRET” and thirty-six email exchanges classified “SECRET.” An email exchange means it was between two individuals…and one of them was Hillary Clinton’s email account. The U.S. Navy is about to send PO1 Saucier to confinement. Hilary Clinton is running for president.
If there’s anything that meets the definition of FUBAR, this is it.
Now tell me, what family member of a U.S Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, or Marine thinks this is just swell? Your son, daughter, husband, wife, mom or Dad who honorably wears the uniform of our United States are held to a far higher standard than one running to be their commander.
How can anyone accept this and not be absolutely repulsed by the mere image of Hillary Clinton? She walks about smug with a pure sense of entitlement seeing herself above the law. When will Hillary Clinton lose her security clearance? And if that be the case, she’s not qualified to be commander in chief. We should demand Hillary Clinton receive an immediate dishonorable discharge from being a presidential nominee. Most importantly, Hillary Clinton is no different than PO1
Saucier who is about to go off to prison and be classified as a felon.
What makes Hillary Clinton better than PO1 Kristian Saucier? His defense team is absolutely correct in challenging any punishment levied against him. How can anyone justify his consequences when Clinton faces none? Confidential is a lower security classification than TOP SECRET and SECRET. Mr. Hogan is spot on with this assertion, “It will be unjust and unfair for Mr. Saucier to receive any sentence other than probation for a crime those more powerful than him will likely avoid.”
That statement is stunningly clear and will have long-lasting ramifications for security protocol violations in the United States. Even Director Comey made the insidious statement that his assessment in the case of Clinton did not preclude the seriousness of others committing similar actions — he should have said crimes.
This is the story that should be on every news station in America. And some reporter needs to ask Mrs. Clinton about the case of U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier, and demand she recommend what punishment he should face.
Imagine, if a U.S. combat commander abandons his troops to die and lies about it, it is referred to as dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming. But, if you’re Hillary Clinton, it’s conduct very becoming.