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Service Members as Political Pawns Ends With Trump's Presidency

Service Members as Political Pawns Ends With Trump's Presidency
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Julio Rivera By Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:06 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Donald Trump repeatedly referred to the Kristian Mark Saucier case while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. He continued to talk about it after being sworn in when the subject would turn to the mishandling of classified information by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After almost two years of numerous grassroots voices calling for a pardon of Saucier, the Trump White House finally issued the long-awaited pardon last week.

The pardon is only the beginning for the Saucier family, who have been financially ravaged by exorbitant costs associated with his original criminal defense. The case was brought to trial irresponsibly in an egregious example of prosecutorial activism by Barack Obama-appointed U.S. prosecutor, Deirdre M. Daly.

With the Hillary Clinton server scandal in the news, Kristian was unfortunately used as an example for an Obama administration that repeatedly turned a blind eye to the many indiscretions of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Daly, who was still serving in that capacity until October of 2017 was among the U.S. attorneys whose resignation was requested by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early 2017. She originally resigned in early March of 2017 but was inexplicably and quietly reinstated to her position days later. There, she continued until her career as a federal prosecutor reached the 20-year mark last fall.

During his time in prison, his wife Sadie Saucier would often visit Kristian with their then one-year old daughter Kassandra in tow. I had the opportunity to get to know the family during the past year and a half. One thing that was clear to me was that Kristian’s patriotism and faith in President Trump never wavered. It seemed to me that to the family it was always a question not of if, but of when the pardon would eventually be issued.

The Saucier family spent over $200,000 fighting the case before receiving pro-bono legal aid in securing the presidential pardon from attorneys including Ronald Daigle. In addition to the financial strain legally, based on Saucier’s separation from the military he is no longer eligible for much needed medical and other veteran’s benefits from the Veterans Adminstration (VA).

Saucier gave America 11 years of stellar service, achieving the rank of first class petty officer during his tour in the Navy. He was also an instructor mentoring young sailors working in some of the harshest conditions in the military within the close quartered confines of our submarine fleet.

The family has set up a Web site where they are soliciting donations to assist in their time of need.

This pardon sends a clear message from the Trump administration that members of the armed forces will no longer be used as political pawns at the mercy of government elitists.

Donald Trump has very much been a pro-military president coming into his position after eight years of President Barack Obama, where the scandalous deficiencies in the VA have had a hand in the scores of suicides committed by former armed forces service members. 

With a commander in chief who has worked to address the issues important to both active duty and former members of the military, our sincerest gratitude should be expressed to the man who made it happen. Our president, Donald John Trump.

Julio Rivera is an entrepreneur, small business consultant and political activist. He contributes to RightWingNews.com and NewsNinja2012.com, and had previously covered boxing and baseball for the now defunct "The Urban News" in his native Paterson, N.J. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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A clear message from the Trump administration is that members of the armed forces will no longer be used as political pawns at the mercy of government elitists.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:06 AM
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