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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,”