Trump says he'll pardon conservative commentator, maybe Martha Stewart, Rod Blagojevich

01 June, 2018, 21:50 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, conservative agitator who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud

"He was treated very unfairly by our government!" the president tweeted Thursday morning.

"What my case shows in miniature is how Obama, and Hillary, too, have gangster-ized US politics", he said. The prosecutor in the case, then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan, was an Obama appointee.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump complained that Stewart had been "harshly and unfairly treated". "So it was a move of ambition as I understand it".

Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, left, accompanied by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman leaves federal court in NY. An Indian-American political commentator, D'Souza has always been known for his bombastic political manifestos targeting figures like former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "Period", Mr. Bharara tweeted.

Bharara earlier said on Twitter: "The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D'Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness".

"Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America", he said. If you've followed D'Souza's career you know that he's just the dullest kind of partisan hack-one without even the bad sense of humor or weirdly enraging anti-charisma of a Sean Hannity or Ann Coulter.

Trump pardoned Kristian Mark Saucier, who was convicted of unauthorized retention of defense information after using his cellphone to take unauthorized photos aboard the nuclear submarine USS Alexandria.

D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to making an illegal campaign contribution to NY politician Wendy Long's 2012 Senate campaign, allegedly going over the contribution limit by directing other donors to give to her and repaying them.

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"R$3 ecent reports indicate that the President may be considering issuing pardons that may impede criminal investigations", he wrote.

Trump's comments come just a week after he gave a full posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson and nine months after he pardoned polarizing former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

She said she had been heartened by the suggestion that Trump might pardon her husband, even after Obama, a member of Blagojevich's own party, had declined to do so.

Prosecutors said D'Souza had other individuals donate money to Republican Wendy Long, a Republican who was challenging Sen.

President Donald Trump is lining up another controversial presidential pardon. The White House also noted that D'Souza "accepted responsibility for his actions" and completed community service.

The president, who has never met D'Souza or spoken to him, last night called him on the phone to inform him about his decision.

In any case, they conclude, the message behind the pardons should worry us "more than Mr. Trump clearing the record of some noxious clown".

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