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EXCLUSIVE – The lawyer who was handling former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier the lawsuit against the Obama administration officials – including the former president himself – was blocked by the State of New York to exercise for one year, which is a major setback in the case.
The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the law license of Ronald Daigle, who came out of retirement in 2016 to help Saucier win a pardon from President Donald Trump in March.
The appellate court determined Daigle, an Iraq veteran with the U.S. Navy and the former head of the police of the city of Granville, N. Y., had $23,000 from the estate of a deceased person without a deposit or an authorization to take the funds. Family members and a primary beneficiary of the deceased person had hired Daigle in 2011 for the settlement of the estate.
The suspension came just a week after Saucier and Daigle told Fox News they were preparing to prosecute the former President Barack Obama, former FBI-Director James Comey, the Ministry of Justice and others for the subjects of the former sailor “unequal protection of the law.”
Saucier, who is a year in federal prison for taking pictures of classified sections of the submarine, where he was deployed, argues that the same officials who handled his case gave Hillary Clinton a pass in her use of a private e-mail server and the handling of confidential information.
Saucier told Fox News Daigle the suspension taken aback. He said that he will continue with his lawsuit, even if he has to represent himself. Saucier said that he can’t afford a lawyer.
Daigle did not respond to messages comment.
But Saucier believes that there is more to the suspension than meets the eye, and wonders whether it is driven by an attempt to hinder his plans to sue the Obama administration officials.
“Out of the blue, the court decided, after Ron for his license for a year, the window I have for my lawsuit, and they announced after we announced my case,” Saucier said. “It is a liberal court system … trying to dismember my legal defense. It’s a shame, it is retaliation. They have us backed into a corner, so that I won’t be able to conduct the case.”
“They’re trying to silence us,” Saucier said. “Ron doesn’t deserve this. I won’t be silenced. If I have to go to court and represent myself, acting as my own lawyer, I will do. I’m not going to be strong armed.”
They try to silence us….It is a liberal court system…trying to dismember my legal defense. It’s a shame, it is retaliation. They backed us in a corner, so that I won’t be able to file the lawsuit.
– Kristian Saucier
Saucier alleged that a number of times during the hearings in the state Supreme Court, Daigle was hit with comments or questions about his work on behalf of the former Navy sailor.
“Every time he went to court, they took my case,” he said. “This estate case occurred many years ago. It is strange that this suspension is happening now. It is shocking. We knew that we were going to have pushback. These are dirty tricks that they play.”
Sean Morton, the assistant registrar of the Court of appeal Department of Third Department, declined to comment on Saucier’s accusations.
Former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier.
“The decision of the court speaks for itself. Lawyer disciplinary procedure, as any other judicial case, take the time and can last for years. It is not unusual for something like this to happen,” he said.
Daigle, who for many years has battled health problems and, in essence, was stopped with the practice of the law, came out of retirement when he heard of Saucier is the case.
Daigle pursued lines of communication with Obama administration officials, who is approached about a pardon for Saucier, and then with those who work for Trump. The semi-retired lawyer took also Saucier the case of the public, do lots of interviews with the media.
The decision of the court speaks for itself. Lawyer disciplinary procedure, as any other judicial case, take the time and can last for years. It is not unusual for something like this to happen.
– Sean Morton, the assistant clerk of the court, the new york Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Department
In the case that led to his suspension, Daigle had argued in the court conferences that he believed that he was right on the money, according to published reports in local news media. He returned with $15,000, the reports said.
“Respondent later explained that he felt that he was entitled to all the money he had paid to himself from the estate, but he agreed to refund the $15,000, because he was trying to keep everyone happy,'” the reports said, referring to the decision of the court.
Earlier this year, Daigle told Fox News that the lawsuit against the Obama administration officials, “We will be the differences in the way that Hillary Clinton was persecuted and how my client was prosecuted.”
“We are looking to cast a light on this to show that there is a two-tier system of justice and we want it to be corrected.”
During the campaign, and after taking office, Trump often expressed support for Saucier, who in March was the second person he saved.
Trump often compared the Obama administration’s treatment of Saucier’s case with that of Clinton.
Saucier pleaded guilty in 2016 to take the photos inside the USS Alexandria while he was stationed in Groton, Connecticut, in 2009. He said that he only wanted service reminders, but federal prosecutors argued he was a disgruntled sailor who the national security in danger by taking photos with the submarine’s propulsion system and the reactor compartment, and then obstructed justice by destroying a laptop and a camera.
Saucier said that he realized that he had erred in taking the photos, in which he said that he just wanted to his family to show them where he worked. But he lashed out at Obama officials, saying that his prosecution was politically motivated, prompted by the backlash and heightened attention about the classified information in the midst of the scandal involving Clinton’s e-mails.
As FBI director at the time, Comey said that Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server as “very careless.”
Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for FoxNews.com and can be reached at Elizabeth.Llorente@Foxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.