Former Navy sailor pardoned by Trump says he shouldn’t be subject to different standard than Hillary Clinton

Former Navy sailor pardoned by Trump says he shouldn’t be subject to different standard than Hillary Clinton
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A former Navy sailor pardoned by Trump earlier this year insisted on Thursday that he was "subjected to a separate set of laws" than former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE or former FBI chief James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: 'Patriots need to stand up and reject' Trump's behavior Swalwell: Trump delaying end of Russia probe with refusal to testify Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? MORE.

Kristian Saucier said in a Fox News interview that he decided to file a lawsuit against former President Obama and other members of his administration because he wanted to "restore" faith in the justice system.

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"This is me fighting for the average American citizen," he said. "We shouldn’t be subjected to a separate set of laws than Hillary Clinton or James Comey, who admitted to leaking classified information to the press to try to benefit himself."

"You know, these people aren’t above the law, but apparently they are. And I’m going to fight that. As long as there’s a breath in me, I’m going to fight back."

A lawyer for Saucier said on Fox News on Monday that the former Navy sailor plans to sue Obama, Comey, the Justice Department and others for allegedly using a sort of legal double-standard in handling his case.

Saucier pleaded guilty in 2016 to unlawfully retaining classified materials, and spent a year in prison. He was released in September and pardoned by Trump in March.

Saucier's case became a rallying cry for conservatives, who pointed to it as evidence that Clinton was let off the hook for a similar offense. The FBI investigated Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State, but did not recommend charges in the case.

Saucier also pointed to Comey's disclosure of personal memos detailing his meetings with Trump to argue that the former FBI director had retained classified information with impunity. Comey has said that the memos were personal and he therefore had a right to share them with reporters.