Jailed for pho­tos of Navy sub­ma­rine

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

unsigned re­jec­tion let­ter. It didn’t even go to Mr. Ad­di­cott, who had filed the par­son re­quest, but to one of the sailor’s pre­vi­ous at­tor­neys.

“In my opin­ion, the ‘deep state’ tor­pe­doed my pe­ti­tions, and it never got out of the par­don at­tor­ney of­fice at all,” Mr. Ad­di­cott told The Wash­ing­ton Times.

Con­ser­va­tives re­fer to the “deep state” as fed­eral bu­reau­crats, in­clud­ing Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion holdovers, work­ing to sab­o­tage the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“When I fi­nally got a copy of the let­ter, I con­cluded it was au­then­tic,” Mr. Ad­di­cott said. “This is ex­tremely un­pro­fes­sional and in­di­cates not only a shock­ing level of in­com­pe­tence at the of­fice of the par­don at­tor­ney but sig­nals clearly that our hard work re­ceived only a pro forma look and never got out of that of­fice to the [Depart­ment of Jus­tice] or to Pres­i­dent Trump.

“On many oc­ca­sions, Pres­i­dent Trump cor­rectly pointed out the in­jus­tice to Kris, and yet he was clearly un­der­cut by a ‘deep state’ bu­reau­cracy. Nev­er­the­less, the pres­i­dent cer­tainly has the power to en­er­gize the of­fice of the par­don at­tor­ney and grant the par­don and the pend­ing clemency pe­ti­tion,” Mr. Ad­di­cott said.

A Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesper­son de­clined to com­ment. The Times made an in­quiry to the White House that has gone unan­swered.

A lawyer knowl­edge­able about the par­don sys­tem told The Times that with­out in­ter­ven­tion “from on high,” Saucier stood lit­tle chance be­cause he is still serv­ing his sen­tence and needs a waiver.

The unsigned May 30 re­jec­tion let­ter said: “Upon care­ful re­view of the in­for­ma­tion you sub­mit­ted, we have con­cluded that it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate to grant a waiver of the wait­ing pe­riod in Mr. Saucier’s case to per­mit him to ap­ply for a par­don at this time. Waivers are in­fre­quently granted and then only for par­tic­u­larly com­pelling rea­sons.”

Mr. Ad­di­cott said the dis­pro­por­tion­ate felony con­vic­tion and prison sen­tence made Saucier a can­di­date for a waiver.

“I cited the ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances of how Kris was wrong­fully sin­gled out for the heavy pun­ish­ment by the fed­eral district at­tor­ney when other sailors on the same sub­ma­rine had re­ceived a $300 fine and a one grade re­duc­tion in rank,”

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