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

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

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

D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions, was granted a pardon because he was the "victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws", the White House said. The prosecutor in the case, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan, was an Obama appointee.

Mr Trump told reporters on Thursday aboard Air Force One that Stewart, best known as a famous homemaker and TV personality, was "to a certain extent ... harshly and unfairly treated".

Speaking of the leadership of the federal investigators who prosecutor her husband, which include frequent targets of Trump's wrath Comey and Mueller, she said, "These same people are trying to do the same thing that they did to my husband on a much larger scale".

He also said that he believed Blagojevich was treated "unfairly". Also, then-U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, a longtime friend of Comey, prosecuted the case.

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This is the fifth pardon of Trump's presidency.

"The FBI did it to signal to the Obama Justice Department and its stooges that I was a political enemy they might want to prosecute". He retweeted Trump's tweet about the forthcoming pardon, but did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment sent to his media company, D'Souza Media.

Joseph diGenova, who served as US attorney for the District of Columbia under Ronald Reagan, said it is odd to suggest that presidents should wait until after they no longer have to face voters before granting controversial pardons.

D'Souza described being locked up with 120 "hardened felons" as an "eye-opening experience" but that he "came out of it fine". In the tweet, D'Souza said that it was the "worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs".

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"D'SOUZA also admitted that he knew that what he was doing was wrong and something the law forbids", the statement read. A long string of self-indulgent pardons can only raise serious worries that he'll start making abitrary use of more fearsome presidential powers.

According to some political analysts, the pardons could be a signal to Trump allies who are now facing charges or are under investigation.

D'Souza made the movie "2016: Obama's America" in 2012 and followed it up with "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party".

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Preet Bharara, who prosecuted D'Souza as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, was quick to respond to Trump's tweet on Thursday, noting that D'Souza "intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct, and the judge found no unfairness". Here are some of the best jokes on Twitter today about D'Souza's pardon. He said previous pardons for former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby fall into the same category. But because there were pending requests at the end of the Obama administration, the total number of requests for pardons pending before Trump is 2,271 and 8,932 for commutation.

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