Trump announces pardon of conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza

PARDON ME Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza speaks during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference

The comments came after Trump announced on Twitter that he planned to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud.

"The special counsel has awesome powers, as you know, but the president has even more awesome powers", Stone added. Trump's picks so far, however, appear to be for people he knows whose cases have not been investigated by the office, Morison said.

D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to a straw-donor scheme created to benefit New York Republican candidate Wendy Long, who was trying to oust Democratic Sen. He said that he only pled guilty to campaign finance violations because the justice system used "legal bludgeoning tactics" to force his admission, or else the government would've filed more charges against him.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D'Souza today", Trump tweeted.

James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director past year and has repeatedly assailed, was the lead federal prosecutor in Stewart's case and played a role in the prosecution of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Referring to previous pardons by Trump, Underwood said, "We can't afford to wait to see who will be next".

Both had connections to Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show: Blagojevich was a contestant in 2010 and Stewart hosted a 2005 spinoff, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart".

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence on numerous counts of corruption, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Barack Obama.

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Trump, who had issued four pardons before Thursday, said he is considering issuing more, naming Stewart and Blagojevich as he spoke to reporters.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was unfair to suggest the only people winning pardons under Trump are those connected to him or with a celebrity backer. He wrote the bestsellers The Roots of Obama's Rage in 2010 and America: Imagine a World Without Her this year, and in 2012 co-directed the film 2016: Obama's America.

The US leader later said he was also considering commuting the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, a former IL governor jailed for corruption, and Stewart, the celebrity chef jailed for five months in 2004-05 for making false statements in an insider trading case. A former top aide to Vice-President Dick Cheney, Libby was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

After being charged, D'Souza and his lawyer accused the government of having "selectively targeted" him because of "his outspoken, vigorous and politically controversial criticism and condemnation'" of Obama and his administration.

- Tim Murphy Premium for subscribers only (@timothypmurphy) May 31, 2018Trump pardons Dinesh D'Souza, another abhorrent, xenophobic racist. "He said that, 'I got to tell you man-to-man, you've been screwed, ' " Mr. D'Souza recalled. Conservative Republicans had sought a pardon for Libby for years.

Watchdog groups criticized D'Souza's pardon, saying it signaled the president's contempt for the rule of law.

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