It’s Friday, so that means the news cycle has gone into overdrive just before the weekend.
We just reported on a big story by Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair alleging that President Trump plans to interview candidates for White House chief of staff this weekend, setting the stage for a major West Wing shakeup down the line. Rumor has it that, in addition to current Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Ivanka Trump may soon lose their jobs.
Then there’s North Korea, with the biggest news being that President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong-un as part of his ongoing efforts to push the rogue nation into dropping its nuclear program.
Amidst all this news, and with Washington abuzz with endless commentary on Trump’s North Korean gambit, the President just quietly fulfilled a promise he made on the campaign trail on 2016.
If you remember, Navy sailor Kristian Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison for taking pictures inside the submarine he was serving in. He ended up pleading guilty to unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information.
President Trump often characterized this sentence as unfair compared to the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton, who was let off the hook with not so much as a stern rebuke from former FBI Director James Comey. And now Trump has come to the rescue of this unfortunate sailor.
The Washington Examiner has the details:
President Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency Friday to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who learned the news while driving a garbage truck, the only job he could find with a felony conviction.
Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison during the 2016 campaign for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine. Trump invoked his case repeatedly on the campaign trail, saying he was “ruined” for doing “nothing” compared to Hillary Clinton.
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