A new lawsuit being brought against the Obama administration by a former Navy sailor highlights once again the double standard employed by officials in Washington.
Kristian Saucier spent a year in federal prison for mishandling classified information after it was discovered that he took pictures of the submarine on which he was serving. He took those pictures as mementos of his time in the Navy, but the feds weren’t having it: he pled guilty and went to prison. President Trump pardoned him, but he still believes he was treated much differently than others who have mishandled classified documents.
“They interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal, but they didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton,” Saucier told Fox News. “Hillary is still walking free.”
That double standard is one of the things the Convention of States Project hopes to rectify. An Article V Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. These amendments can significantly limit federal power, reminding our officials in Washington that they don’t exist to be served, but to serve.Even more importantly, these amendments can reinforce the fact that federal politicians don’t exist above the law. The Supreme Court has allowed them to ignore the original intent of the Constitution, but no more. Everyone — from Hillary Clinton to Navy sailors — should be held to the same standards as outlined in the Constitution.
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Image Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Hillary Clinton) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons