A Navy sailor is citing the FBI’s recent recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton in an effort to avoid being sentenced to jail time on Friday.
According to Politico, Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier pled guilty to one felony charge of “retaining national defense information without permission.”
Saucier will be sentenced on Friday, yet is asking for probation without jail time in lieu of the standard 63-78 month prison term.
“Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hilary [sic] Clinton…has come under scrutiny for engaging in acts similar to Mr. Saucier,” Saucier’s defense attorney wrote in a filing last week. “In our case, Mr. Saucier possessed six (6) photographs classified as ‘confidential/restricted,’ far less than Clinton’s 110 emails… 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.”
Saucier’s charge stems from six photos he took of the U.S.S. Alexandria’s propulsion system while working onboard the submarine back in 2009. He admitted in May to taking the photos, even though he knew the design for parts he photographed were classified.
Following the FBI’s recommendations not to charge Clinton, several security clearance lawyers stated they believed the “Hillary defense” would start being frequently used in classified information cases. (RELATED: Security Clearance Lawyers Plan To Invoke ‘Hillary Defense’ Loophole In Upcoming Cases)