Navy sailor pardoned by Trump had pleaded case on 'Fox and Friends'

Kristian Saucier, the Navy sailor pardoned by President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE on Friday, had appeared on "Fox and Friends" earlier in the week to argue for his pardon. 

“Obviously, there’s two different sets of laws in this country, for the political elite and for those lower-level individuals, Americans like myself,” Saucier said on “Fox and Friends” on Sunday. “And I think that’s very upsetting on a basic level for most people. It should be.”

“I accepted responsibility. I didn’t go to trial. I pleaded guilty. I said, ‘Look, I made a mistake when I was a young kid, and my family still continues … to be punished for that mistake.’ Whereas Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE not only was not punished, but was allowed to run for the highest office in the country, and that should be very upsetting to the American people,” he continued. 

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Trump has praised “Fox & Friends” for being named one of the “most influential” shows because he watches it, and has often spoken highly of its coverage of his presidency.

Trump has long discussed pardoning Saucier, first starting on the campaign trail in 2016.

Saucier was sentenced to 12 months in prison and six months of low-level home confinement for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine.

During his trial in 2016, Saucier’s lawyer cited Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information during his trial to make the case for why Saucier should get probation instead of jail time.

President Trump used a similar argument to make his case for why Hillary Clinton needed to be sent to prison.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Friday that Saucier's pardon had been approved merely a few days after the Justice Department announced they were reconsidering Saucier’s request.